Steve's message to men after prostate cancer

Steve Lord talks about his prostate cancer diagnosis

One of our presenters has taken to the airwaves to urge other men to get themselves checked for prostate cancer.

It comes just months after Steve Lord was diagnosed by doctors.

Speaking as a guest on the Saturday Sequence sport programme, he appealed to other men in their 50s to arrange a regular test to catch the cancer early.

Steve, a former chairman of Radio Clatterbridge, explained that he was receiving annual PSA check because his father has lived with prostate cancer for the last 16 years.

This year, however, the results showed that Steve's protein reading had more than doubled.

When he went for another test it had doubled again so he was sent to see a urology specialist at Arrowe Park Hospital.

"I was convinced that I had an enlarged prostrate. Then my wife and I had the news that I had the early stages of prostate cancer." - Steve Lord

Prostate cancer is the most common killer in men with one in eight getting the disease.

On average, one man in the UK dies every hour from prostate cancer despite the fact that it is treatable if caught early enough.

Steve explained how his cancer was still low-level so he was able to chose from more, less-invasive treatment options.

The Teatime Show host decided to opt for radiotherapy which has a high success rate and a recovery period of just two weeks.

"You don't die of prostate cancer if its treatable and it's got at the early stages." - Steve Lord

Whilst the last few months has been stressful for his family, Steve is keen to talk openly about his experience to help others.

His advice is for men in their 50s to have a regular PSA test every two years or more often if prostate cancer is in the family.

For details about symptoms and further information, go to the Prostate Cancer UK website.

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