Movember 2012 - Best Moustache Award


The Movember judging took place on Thursday 29 November in the foyer of the Cancer Centre. Colm Donaghy BHSCT Chief Executive and Pat McCartan, BHSCT Chairman were in attendance and Pat welcomed the participants and congratulated them all on their efforts to grow a moustache. Men’s health issues were once again highlighted.


This was followed by a parade of moustaches in front of the Chief Executive Secretary, Pauline McCabe and her panel of judges. The winner Pat Shiels, Specialist Radiographers was the proud winner of a cheque for £100 personally donated by Pat McCartan. Colm Donaghy closed the event commenting that the Trust team has so far raised well over £3,000 and we can only go forwards from here with next year’s event being bigger and better’.

More about Movember

In November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. They effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds for men’s health - specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Belfast Trust plays a leading role in researching and treating these two diseases within Northern Ireland.

Conference for patients with Prostate Cancer

A conference for patients with Prostate Cancer - ‘Living with and beyond Prostate Cancer’ was held on Friday 23 November in the Wellington Park hotel. The audience were all patients with prostate cancer treated at the Belfast Trust.

ProstatecancerconferenceinternetThe Conference was opened by The Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson who was also sporting a fine moustache, Movember being this year’s chosen charity for Belfast City Council. He was welcomed to the meeting by the chairman Pat McCartan, who along with Speakers Professor Joe O’Sullivan and Dr Darren Mitchell, were also sporting appropriately hirsute upper lips. Professor O’ Sullivan discussed new drugs for prostate cancer and Dr Mitchell talked about brachytherapy. The 100th bracytherapy patient with prostate cancer was also treated during November.

The results of local research undertaken regarding diet and exercise in men with prostate cancer were also presented along with advice on managing fatigue and sexual health.

The conference was organised by Wendy McPhee, who has been awarded a grant of £5000 to take forward her work for cancer health and well being events for men following testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common men's cancer and accounts for one quarter of all cancers diagnosed in men in the United Kingdom. In 2009, in the UK 40,841 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, that’s about 112 per day.