It is amazing how unhealthy one can be without realising it. As my long-suffering regular readers will know, I am now about halfway through my treatment for prostate cancer. There was no instant diagnosis for this, despite the seriousness of the condition as, reportedly, the second biggest killer of men in the UK (after heart disease). The diagnosis was suspected following a blood test and confirmed much later after a scan and a biopsy. Even more amazing was the complete absence of any symptoms of which I was aware. It is that fact that makes prostate cancer such a dangerous disease – combined with the fact that it can affect men of any age and needs to be discovered early to be sure of bringing it under control before it spreads to other organs.
So if this post has one key message for men (it doesn’t apply to women as they have no prostate gland) it is get a check-up by your family doctor and make it an annual fixture.
All I would add to that is that you have nothing to fear. Yes, I would have been anxious about the prospect of a simple injection not that long ago but not any more. In recent months I have experienced a catalogue of medical and surgical procedures (as described in my recent series of posts entitled “The Patient’s Story”) including several injections and at least three blood tests, approaching each one with curiosity rather than fear and I would have no qualms about doing them all over again. So get yourself along to your GP and get checked. You might well save a life – YOURS.