‘Don’t turn a blind eye to men’s cancer’
A cancer survivor has urged more men to get checked for prostate cancer as figures show it is now a bigger killer than breast cancer in women.
Dave Barfoot, from Shepeau Stow, was diagnosed with the cancer when he was 64.
Despite having what he says were no real symptoms, a routine PSA blood test showed he had cancer in two places in his prostate.
Dave said: “I’d noticed a slower urine stream when going to the toilet but I thought it was age.
“I think the trouble is, men put things down to the symptoms of getting older and they turn a blind eye.”
Further tests showed Dave’s cancer had not spread and he was treated through hormone therapy and radiotherapy.
According to Prostate UK figures show that 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer every year in the UK, compared to 11,442 women dying from breast cancer.
This means the male-only disease is now the third most common cancer to die from, after lung and bowel cancer.
Dave turned 70 at Christmas and recently had a birthday get together where he and friends raised around £500 to help towards research into prostate cancer.
“I have just had my six monthly review and I’ve more or less been given the all clear. It’s about six years now since I was diagnosed,” he added.
“People should not be embarrassed about talking to their doctor and asking for a test. It has to be highlighted to young people too.”
○According to Prostate Cancer UK, most men with early prostate cancer do not have any signs or symptoms - which is where a PSA test can identify the disease.
The test, which can be done at a GP surgery, measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood (a protein made only by the prostate gland).
The amount depends on the man’s age and health of the prostate.
For more info go to www.prostatecanceruk.org