It could save your life
Customer service provider, Steve Crumpler, has some wise words of advice for colleagues, writes Zoe Walker.
The Parcelforce Worldwide colleague, based in Poole, Dorset, returned to work recently following a brush with prostate cancer – which needed an operation and then radiotherapy.
The experience has made him acutely aware of the importance of looking after your health – and determined to help raise awareness of the disease so that others can avoid a similar experience.
‘Basically, all I can say is that when you reach a certain age – ie 50 – go to your doctor and get an MOT check. And ask the doctor to do a prostate check, because it could save your life,’ says Steve.
‘If you don’t, it spreads to your lymph nodes, to your bones and it is a possibility that you might not come through it.’
Around one in eight men are diagnosed with prostate in the UK in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK and more than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – 129 men every day.
Across the UK, around 400,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer – just like Steve.
Most men with early prostate cancer do not show any symptoms – but risk factors include being over 50 or having a family history of prostate cancer. Black men are also at heightened risk of the disease.
If you have any of the risk factors mentioned, speak to your GP.
Click here to visit Prostate Cancer UK for more advice, information and a list of symptoms to look out for.