Be wary of cancer threat'
PUBLISHED: 12:02 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 23 August 2010
A PROSTATE cancer survivor has urged all men to be aware of the deadly disease that kills one man every hour in the UK. Martin Harris, 60, of Whitehill Road, Gravesend, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer and underwent surgery in January this
A PROSTATE cancer survivor has urged all men to be aware of the deadly disease that kills one man every hour in the UK.
Martin Harris, 60, of Whitehill Road, Gravesend, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer and underwent surgery in January this year.
It is currently National Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, organised by the Prostate Cancer charity to raise awareness about the killer disease.
Mr Harris, who has had his prostate removed and is free from cancer, said: "An amazing number of men of all ages don't want to go to the doctors and get themselves checked out. But it is a matter of life and death.
"In my case, I had no symptoms. If I didn't get myself checked out, I would have been here today, probably feeling fit and healthy, but having the cancer growing inside me. Then, when it takes hold, I might start feeling unwell, and then where would I be?"
Mr Harris went for a check-up last summer and the blood test revealed he had a PSA of 4.6, which is the amount of protein produced by the gland and gives an indication on the size of the prostate.
After being told by his doctor there was nothing to worry about, he still decided to go for another test and had a biopsy which revealed he had prostate cancer.
He added: "I was told it was small and that we had caught it in the early stages. I went into surgery in January and after it was removed the doctors said it was much bigger than they had expected.
"It just highlights the importance for men over 40 to get a check-up, and if there is any doubt, to be proactive for their own lives and ask for a biopsy."
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK with 35,000 men diagnosed annually. At least 10,000 men die every year.
If you have any queries about prostate cancer call the confidential helpline 0800 0748383. The number is staffed by specialist nurses and opens from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7