Julia Bradbury speaks out about prostate cancer at special dinner

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Television presenter Julia Bradbury joined more than 200 guests last night for a dinner to mark the end of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Julia was joined at the event, held by The Prostate Cancer Charity, by a number of other high profile supporters, including guest speaker and former England rugby player, Brian Moore, Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles, Eastenders actor, Rudolph Walker and former England cricketer, Tim Munton.

Julia gave a moving speech about her father, Michael, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer nine months ago, and talked about why it is so important that awareness of the most common cancer in men is raised. Julia also revealed that her mother had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer.

BBC One's Countryfile presenter took time out to be photographed for the campaign by Jason Bell, one of Britain's most successful portrait photographers of stars on both sides of the Atlantic. The images, were used in a high-profile advertising campaign across digital, print and outdoor media, as well as in thousands of information packs, posters and other materials, which an army of volunteers, healthcare professionals and supporters distributed and displayed. Every year, 37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK - and it is a disease which kills one man every hour.

Speaking last night at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London, Julia said: "It's absolutely paramount that we talk about prostate cancer and discuss it with the men in our lives.

"Prostate cancer first came into my family's life when my Uncle told us he had been diagnosed with the disease, and it was a chance discussion with my Uncle about his prostate cancer that prompted me to ask whether my Dad could be at risk too.

"Bringing up the subject of going to the doctor with my Dad wasn't an easy one but I am so glad that we talked about it. He hadn't been tested but when he did go to the doctor the results, when they came back, were not what any of us wanted to hear. It was a terrible shock to discover he had prostate cancer nine months ago but thankfully he is recovering well."

"It's vital we all talk about prostate cancer and raise awareness of the disease and keep putting it at the top of everyone's agenda," she added

The awareness month which takes place every March, saw a range of recognisable faces lending their support to the campaign. As well as Julia, actor, Max Beesley and Texas singer, Sharleen Spiteri, all of whom have seen family members affected by prostate cancer,  backed the campaign, urging thousands of people across the UK to join together and declare 'I'm aware' to support men and their families affected by the disease.  

Ex-England footballers Les Ferdinand MBE and Jamie Redknapp, television presenters Adrian Chiles and Ben Shephard and sportsmen Jason Leonard OBE and Jimmy White also supported the campaign by creating an exclusive range of men's underwear, which went on sale in March at M&S stores nationwide in aid of the Charity.

The Prostate Cancer Charity's Chief Executive, Owen Sharp, said: " The night was a fantastic evening and a great way to thank of all those from our celebrity ambassadors to our corporate supporters and volunteers for their dedicated support in keeping this disease on everyone's radar in March and beyond. There are 250,000 men living with the disease in the UK, yet many of them are still facing difficulties in accessing the support and information that they need to cope with the disease. Thanks to Julia, and many of our other high profile supporters, our awareness month has seen us make great strides in making more people aware of the most common cancer in men in the UK "