ESET joins European Cyber Security Month to rais... » London, UK: ESET is once again helping to raise awareness about cyber threats during the annual Euro... Cubic Global Defense to deliver secure and reali... » SAN DIEGO: Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has announced the award of a multi-year contract by the Air Fo... First SANS Cyber Academy graduates prepare to en... » Unique recruitment programme to provide employers with a risk free route to recruiting the ideal can... More visitors than ever at The Emergency Services ... » The Emergency Services Show held at the NEC in Birmingham on 23 and 24 September attracted a record ... Italtel renews network products and enters Intel N... » Milan, Italy: Italtel has announced it has joined the Intel® Network Builders program as part of an ... New DCA Certification awarded to Datum FRN1 Data C... » FARNBOROUGH: Datum Datacentres, the Farnborough based provider of ultra secure, high resilience co-l... RoSPA and British Safety Council back DHF's Gate... » The growing campaign to confine powered gate accidents to the history books has received a significa... NICE Security wins ASIS Accolades 2015 for Object ... » Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has been awarded an ASIS Accolades Security's Best Award for Object... Injured veterans in cycling tour of the West Count... » A group of thirty veterans from the UK and the US are taking on a 120-mile cycling challenge, named ... A VERY STRONG WARNING FROM THE GOD OF THE WHOLE UN... » SERIES: BUHARISM AND THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW   THUS SAYS THE LORD: "THOU REBELLIOUS AND DISRESPE...


Advertise with Vigilance

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.


Defence and Security Strategy

Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary
Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

British soldiers last week hilariously received a health first lesson as a prerequisite for gallantry and military success when they were told to check their personal ‘equipment’. This advice was given to them boys as part of a new army campaign to raise awareness of male specific diseases and encourage more soldiers to seek help early.

Every year 20 soldiers are diagnosed with testicular cancer which is becoming an ever increasing issue in young men aged 20-35, the main age that our troops serve their country around the world. When caught early enough there is a 90 per cent survival rate but male soldiers are often less likely to seek medical help and instead try to ‘tough it out’.

The Army’s brand new health awareness campaign will initially focuses on testicular cancer and will encourage soldiers to think about their health differently. The light-hearted posters and leaflets will educate soldiers about how to carry out self checks and point out what to look for. They will help raise awareness of male associated diseases such as testicular and prostate cancer and let soldiers know where they can get more advice if they need it.

The campaign kicked off last week at the annual Army Navy rugby match at Twickenham with the support of Andrew Gomarsall MBE, former England rugby player and member of the winning World Cup team in 2003.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the campaign sports legend Andrew Gomarsall MBE said: “The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of some serious male health issues, specifically the reluctance to seek medical help. I’ve seen it throughout my professional rugby career in the locker rooms and there’s a similar attitude in the military. Therefore today is a great opportunity to make sure those keeping our country safe also keep themselves safe.”

Colonel Kevin Davies MBE from 160 Wales Brigade who has survived prostate cancer said: "Today’s launch could not be more timely. Men’s health issues are at last getting the necessary profile and to that end I commend the campaign. I know from personal experience that diseases like testicular cancer and prostrate cancer can have little warning but drastic circumstances if not caught early. Often such diseases are not reported because men find them embarrassing to talk about. My message is simple – don’t die of embarrassment, seek advice early, have the life saving conversation with your healthcare professional, take ownership of your health and be proactive.”

Oi! The next time you embark on any military exercise or campaign abroad, don’t forget to do the first thing first – check your personal ‘equipment!’ But better do it as often as you can. A word is enough for the wise.