There are more than 40,000 new cases every year, mostly in the over 50s. In Brighton and Hove more than 130 people are diagnosed with the condition each year.
Derek was born and bred in Brighton and has a family history of prostate cancer. One of his brothers survived prostate cancer. One brother sadly died from it.
As a result he was aware of the changes that might indicate prostate cancer. And so when in 2011 he was getting up a lot in the night to go to the loo, he went straight to his GP. The first GP he saw did not seem concerned but when the symptoms persisted, so did Derek. This time he saw another GP who carried out blood tests and when they came back with a raised PSA level, he was referred to the local hospital.
“It was actually a relief to get a diagnosis”, explained Derek. “That might seem strange but I knew there was something wrong and wanted to get on and get it treated.”
Since treatment with radiotherapy, Derek has got married and now volunteers at local lunch clubs as well as playing table tennis in a local league.
His advice to men who may experience symptoms of prostate cancer is simple: “Trust your own instincts,” he said, “and if you feel there is something wrong, don’t wait around. See your GP and put your mind at rest.”
March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Albion in the Community is encouraging people to visit the Speak Up Against Cancer website at: http://www.speakupagainstcancer.org/
and learn what to look out for.
If detected early, over 90% of prostate cancers can be successfully treated.