The importance of regular check-ups

 

One of HHHO’s long-term supporters, Clive Reeves, was diagnosed this year with prostate cancer. Clive has been an advocate of the charity, supporting us at big events and doing some amazing PR to raise awareness of what we do for the community.

 

Clives story:

 

Clive, who is now 58 years old, visited the doctors for what he thought was a general check-up where they did the normal blood tests and everything else. The results came back to say that his PSA blood results had come back above the normal range for his age (what is normal by age; 0-2.5 = Normal for a man 40–50 years old. 2.5-3.5 = Normal for a man 50–60 years old. 3.5-4.5 = Normal for a man 60-70 years old. 4.5-5.5 = Normal for a man 70-80 years old)

 

He was surprised by the diagnosis because Clive had always seen prostate cancer as “an old man’s disease” and had not experienced any of the typical symptoms that you hear about. After sitting down with the consultant and talking about the various options that were appropriate for this stage of the cancer, Clive chose to have radiotherapy on the MRIdian at GenesisCare because it was a non-invasive option compared with surgery and was delivered over a two week period, meaning no hospital stays and minimal side effects.

 

Clive is one of the fortunate few that had an early diagnosis. More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostrate cancer every year on average, which is 143 men every day, with a man dying from it every 45 minutes. That is over 12,000 men a year. Early diagnosis, like in Clive’s situation, is paramount to beating this.

 

Georgie Moseley, Harry’s mom and founder of Help Harry Help Others, said, “Over the years, Clive has become more than just a supporter of the charity; he has become a dear friend. We work with so many people daily suffering from all types of this cruel disease; it never gets any easier. Then you hear one of your close friends is diagnosed! It just proved the importance of what we do here at the charity.”

 

“We are here to raise awareness, to be here for those people and their families that are going through the worst period of their lives, and for the fortunate few, to be there for them when they rebuild their lives and come through the other side.”

 

“If there is one thing that I can say to all, get checked. Make sure you attend your regular check-ups. An early diagnosis could save your life.”

 

If you would like to know more about Clives’ story, visit:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/health/prostate-cancer-diagnosis-treatment-delay-28382143  

https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/mens-health-and-fitness/20283839/men-put-off-life-saving-cancer-checks-need-know/

https://youtu.be/MEUOPi_nJWg

 

Listed below are some symptoms that are usually caused by benign disease, not prostate cancer. So do not worry if you have any of these symptoms, but do go to your doctor to have them checked as there are treatments that can help to reduce or eradicate these symptoms. It is important to note that prostate cancer often has no symptoms.

 

 

 

If you’re a man who is fighting cancer or is on a cancer journey, we have a group called ‘Men Matter’. Men matter is a group ran specifically for men where they either as a patient, carer or relative that is affected by Cancer can regularly meet for informal social activities. You can read more about this here.

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