Please welcome Dave Beesley from the Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group, who shares his own story here. He was found to have advanced prostate cancer yet had no symptoms. As you’ll see from his video below, the radiotherapy he received was not the pleasantest of experiences…
Here, he shares his experience and his plea to other men to get themselves checked – it can be a life saver. Over to Dave:
Dave shares his prostate awareness message
Exactly 5 years ago Margaret and I were told I had very, very aggressive prostate cancer and it was beyond surgery, as the cancer had spread.
Well, that was a mind blowing shock.
Thanks to all the support from my family, friends and colleagues I am still extremely positive that life will continue for many years to come.
Yes, Margaret and I have had so many life changing issues to deal over this 5 year period, but we are both as strong as ever. And we have knowingly helped so many others to be aware of the importance of having a PSA blood test to ensure that if they have raised PSA levels, at an early stage it can be treated and men can continue to live life to the full.
I went for a blood test as I had read about and thought what a good idea.
I had no symptoms.
If I hadn’t have had that test I would not be typing this message and enjoying the 7 lovely grandchildren we have (with number 8 due in October).
We are looking forward to continue to watch them all growing up.
We know that by spreading the message we have saved many lives and we could save yours too as it is only a blood test.
You need the PSA number to be under 4. So make sure you know the number from your GP which will take 3 to 4 days after the blood test. It is that easy.
Dave Beesley’s radiotherapy session for prostate cancer
If you have any questions about local support for prostate cancer patients and carers, get in touch now with Milton Keynes Prostate Cancer Support.