Celebrities are highly influential people whose actions and decisions are watched and often emulated by wide audiences. That is why we, at the charity, commend Nick Owen for speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis, and the importance of catching it early.
Lesley-Ann Simpson, our CEO, says “There is already a marked increase in people contacting the charity, asking how to get tested for Prostate Cancer, so speaking out about it really makes a difference, and encourages more men to seek a test, we are so pleased that Nicks cancer was caught in time and we wish him well as he begins his recovery”.
Historically, when Bill Turnbull and Stephen Fry spoke out about their cancer diagnosis in 2018 they really did save lives. “NHS chief Simon Stevens will today thank Bill Turnbull and Stephen Fry for speaking out about their prostate cancer diagnosis and announce an injection of £10 million to increase capacity, helping services see and treat the extra people coming forward for help. The NHS is already seeing and treating more people than ever before and as more people have come forward for help, demand has increased, meaning some patients are experiencing longer waits.
Latest figures show that from April to July 2018, 14,479 patients received treatment for a urological cancer – this is an increase of 3,929 (36%) compared to the same period in 2017″. https://www.england.nhs.uk/2018/10/turnbull-and-fry-effect-will-safe-lives-says-nhs-chief/
So please remember …… if prostate cancer is in your family, or you’re in a high risk genetic group, get tested from 45, If not, over 50 every few years.
Early diagnosis is key.