Raising Awareness: My Prostate Cancer Journey

John Wagstaff of Petty Son & Prestwich writes:

As a proud member of our vibrant community here in Wanstead, I believe in the power of sharing experiences to raise awareness and support one another. Recently, I embarked on a journey I never anticipated – a journey through prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In November 2022, I received the diagnosis which would change my life. The revelation came as a surprise – I had no symptoms to indicate any health concerns. It was a routine blood test, part of a general medical check-up, that revealed the presence of cancer. Despite leading a healthy lifestyle and being in good shape, cancer does not discriminate based on fitness levels or age.

Following the diagnosis, I underwent a prostatectomy operation in February 2023. It was a challenging time, filled with uncertainty and worry. However, I am grateful to report that the margins were clear, and subsequent pathology showed that the tumour had not spread beyond the prostate. Since then, my quarterly blood tests have shown encouraging results, with all indicators pointing towards recovery.

Throughout this journey, I have experienced firsthand the importance of early detection and proactive healthcare. That’s why I urge every man over 45 to prioritise their health and schedule regular check-ups with their GP. A simple blood test can make all the difference in catching prostate cancer early when it’s most treatable.

To further assess your risk, I encourage everyone to visit the Prostate Cancer UK website and use the Prostate Cancer UK Risk Checker tool. This valuable resource provides personalised insights and guidance based on individual risk factors.

I also want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Prostate Cancer UK for their unwavering support throughout my journey. Their resources, guidance, and advocacy play a crucial role in raising awareness and providing assistance to those affected by prostate cancer. I encourage everyone to support them in any way they can, whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading awareness in our community.

2 thoughts on “Raising Awareness: My Prostate Cancer Journey”

  1. John is, without a doubt, one of the most honourable, kindest, funniest – and now bravest men I know. He started the Corner House Project, jollied all the wonderful helpers along – rarely a moan (and even those were funny!) John, you know this, but I wish you nothing but the very best in life you lovely man. Onwards and upwards, if anyone can do this – you can x

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