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Top doc joins prostate cancer launch

CREATING AWARENESS: Professor Nick James (left) Johnny Hoo and Courtney Pine

A TOP cancer consultant has teamed up with leading musicians to reach men most at risk of developing prostate cancer through an awareness raising campaign using social media and music.

The team has written and produced pieces of music in a range of styles including reggae and bhangra with the theme ‘Prostate Cancer: It’s a Man Thing.’

Featured artists include Wayne Irie, Mendhi Mohinder Singh and Ash Kumar. The music will be available to download via all major online stores as well as via a limited edition CD.


The project is the brainchild of musician Johnny Hoo, who played as a longstanding drummer with the late legendary saxophonist Andy Hamilton and his jazz band the Blue Notes.

Hoo was a prostate cancer patient at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Centre under the care of Professor Nick James, a clinical oncologist based at the Queen Elizabeth and the University of Warwick.

Prof James said: “Through this campaign we are aiming to raise £1 million to increase awareness of prostate cancer, while encouraging high-risk groups to get themselves checked out at treated at an earlier stage.”

It’s well known that men of African and Caribbean heritage are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer and present with it at an earlier age, often with a more serious outcome.

The campaign was officially launched recently at the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, with music from special guests including Courtney Pine, Wayne Irie, Andy Hamilton’s son Mark Hamilton, Hoo and a host of musician friends.

This follows an earlier gig last year at the University of Birmingham’s Bramall Building where a host of well-known musicians gave electric performances including Ray Brown and Pine.

At the time Hoo said: “We need to get people talking. We need to fight the stigma associated with prostate cancer.”

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