Have You Been Checked?

Tim Running

With Stephen Fry announcing that he has had the disease, I thought this was worth publishing again.

Ten years ago a close relative of mine also had the disease – thankfully he seems ok at the moment but that’s because the cancer was caught early.

I am aware that I am at a high risk of also developing prostate cancer as there seems to be a strong hereditary link. I now have a routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test – a simple blood test. I also watch for any symptoms.

Campaigns such as Movember – where men are encouraged to fundraise by growing moustaches – are helping to raise awareness of the disease but there’s still a way to go in my view.

If you’re over 50 you should talk to your GP about having a PSA test. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re are 45 years old and are black or there is a family history of the disease.

The  PSA is not 100% reliable so you should also watch out for:

  • Burning or pain during urination

  • Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating

  • More frequent urges to urinate at night

  • Loss of bladder control

  • Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream

  • Blood in urine (hematuria)

Through my own work with clients and contacts in the healthcare profession, I have learnt that we really need to put ourselves first through a balanced diet, relaxation, exercise – I run regularly – and not to bury our heads in the sand when it comes to our health. Please get tested.

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I am a qualified journalist and am passionate about creating great content. I have worked with a diverse range of organisations on marketing including the UK's Central Government (Defra), large well-known companies and with local businesses. I am married to Sarah and we have two daughters. We live in Epsom. I enjoy running, badminton, reading and writing!

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