A BREAKFAST morning held in Penarth managed to raise nearly £700 for charity.

On Thursday, November 14, Foxy’s Deli and Cafe hosted a Big Breakfast on behalf of Welsh independent prostate cancer charity, Prostate Cymru.

Despite poor weather, in the space of four hours, Sian Fox along with staff served more than 40 breakfasts, and raised an incredible £665 and 17 pence.

Helen Joy of Swanbridge Porkers, donated some of the best sausages in Wales; Nigel Read of Seabreeze Homes funded the eggs and paid for the staffing, as well as waited on tables, while Castell Howell Foods, major sponsors of Prostate Cymru, donated everything else on the breakfast plate.

Prostate Cancer takes the lives of approximately 1000 men per month throughout the UK, with around 12 Welsh men per week dying to the disease.

This disease is now the biggest cancer-killer of men in Wales, and has recently overtaken breast cancer in number of annual fatalities.

The odds of any man contracting Prostate Cancer is one in eight.

If they have Afro-Caribbean ancestry those odds increase to one in four, while a man with a direct bloodline relative who suffered the cancer sees those odds increase to one in three.

Unlike mammograms and smear test programmes, there is still no recognised screening process for Prostate Cancer, nor is it driven by any Welsh NHS initiative.

Early stage prostate cancer is symptomless but, if diagnosed, is well over 90 per cent curable.

However, the full blown disease, when symptoms become apparent, has a 90 per cent mortality rate.

Prostate Cymru warns that any man above 50 years old, or has the disease in ancestry, is classed as ‘at risk’ and should visit his GP to discuss having a prostate blood test (PSA) along with a physical examination, both of which are painless and take seconds.

Although it is accepted PSA blood tests can produce false negative and false positive readings, it remains the only first line check available.

For further information, please visit prostatecymru.com