On Sunday, to mark the end of Men’s Health Week, I was at Blaise Castle to back Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men.
It was great to see so many people turn out, with many of the 500 participants taking part in support of fathers with prostate cancer, or in memory of those lost to this terrible illness, which was particularly moving, given that it was Father’s Day.
Events like these play an important role in raising awareness of prostate cancer, which affects around 1 in 8 men in the UK. The risks of prostate cancer increase as you get older. Although there is no national screening programme for prostate cancer, if you’re over 50 and you’re worried about your risk, you are entitled to ask your GP about having a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test to detect for prostate cancer. If you’re over 45 but have a higher risk of prostate cancer – because you have a family history of prostate cancer or you’re a black man – you might want to talk to your GP too.