Fight before it's too late
Brian and his family decided to share their story after reading about our partnership with Millwall FC. We work with the Kilgannon family to ensure their message goes far and wide across the football community. Brian Kilgannon died on 25 July 2015 aged 51.
Read on for Brian's story in his own words:
"As a true Millwall fan, I know the club's motto - 'we fear no foe'. Do yourself a favour and don't turn the page. Reading this could save your life. Several generations of my family have supported Millwall, both home and away, through the ups and downs. However, nothing compares to my battle against prostate cancer. I am a 49-year-old man, born and bred in New Cross. I am a husband, dad, son, brother and uncle. On 27 July 2012 I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. I thought I was strong. I thought it could be controlled and treated, but I left it too long. The cancer has spread to the bone and now my 'foe' is gradually taking over my life. By the time I went to the GP, I knew something was wrong, but I kept saying 'I am strong, I can fight the pain - it will go away.' Ignoring the symptoms was the worst thing I could do. Men are the worse. We don't go to the doctors. We don't confide in others. I had the symptoms - severe pain in my hip, not having full flow, not hitting the back of the pan when having a pee - but I did nothing and unknowingly allowed it to spread. I told myself that prostate cancer is an old man's disease and for that reason I couldn't possibly have it. I am living proof that this is a lie - I am young. Don't be put off if you are told you are too young. Only you know your body. Insist on a simple blood PSA test and save your life. Not a moment of the day goes by when I don't think of my foe. I am constantly reminded of its presence by the pain. Well done Millwall, for standing up and being counted by supporting Prostate Cancer UK. We see it happening to other people and never think that it can happen to us. If you have any symptoms, confide in a loved one. Act now. Don't leave it too late. Don't fear your foe. Fight it before it's too late."
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