AN MP has welcomed a new cancer support group in Millom.

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison attended a drop-in event aimed at setting up a cancer support group in the town.

Figures show that one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The group plans to create a support network which reaches out to people who have been diagnosed as well as their partners, family and friends.

Tony O’Malley, secretary of the Millom group, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. After five years he is now cancer free. He said: “The two aims in my life now are to impress on men the importance of early testing and diagnosis, followed by treatment if necessary and to raise awareness of prostate cancer support groups.”

The first meeting of the Millom and District Prostate Cancer Support Group will take place on September 11, from 7.30pm, at the town’s rugby league club.