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Sign language video explains prostate cancer dangers

18th May 2006

The Prostate Cancer Charity has launched a sign language video warning men about the dangers of the disease.

It is the hoped the 14-minute video, which is available in both VHS and DVD formats, will enable deaf men to become better informed about the condition.

The charity believes that many of Britain's 70,000 British Sign Language (BSL) users experience difficulties in receiving help from their GPs and that there is a considerable knowledge gap among signers when it comes to health issues compared to hearing people.

The video explains many common prostate troubles, symptoms to watch out for, the dangers of the condition and possible treatments.

The guide is introduced by Clark Denmark, a senior lecturer at the Centre for Deaf Studies at University of Bristol, who was treated for prostate cancer in 2001.

"Although this video is an introduction to the prostate gland, it will give deaf men, as well as their friends and relatives, a good start in guiding them through the options," he said.

The video was made with the help of £8,000 worth of funding from Barchester Healthcare.