Get yourself sorted
Actor Paul Barber says prostate cancer isn’t going away, so let's face up to it
What do you know about prostate cancer?
I became aware of prostate cancer when I went to see my bank manager. He’d help me with my accounts and one day he told me he had advanced prostate cancer and I didn’t quite get it. He was trying to tell me in a subtle way that he was dying and I still didn’t get it. And it didn’t click until I was half way home and I suddenly burst out crying. And I thought oh my days. That was about three or four years ago.
Why are you supporting the Stronger Knowing More campaign?
A lot of black men are totally unaware of prostate cancer. They don’t think it has anything to do with them because they think they’re young and virile. But they’re not. Prostate cancer is a horrible disease, and one that more black men need to be aware of.
So, that is why I’m supporting Stronger Knowing More campaign, because it affects a lot of my friends, family and people I don’t want to lose basically.
Prostate cancer is a horrible disease, and one that more black men need to be aware of.
What would your message to black men be?
You should be aware of prostate cancer and you shouldn’t ignore it – it’s not going away. If you’re a black dude over the age of 45 you need to get down to your local doctors to find out if you’re at risk of prostate cancer. It could start off with a simple blood test.
Cancer is a word I won’t run from
Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie wants to help those at risk
"We’ve got to face up to it. This disease is affecting us, and the people around us, so we have to now try and be self aware of what’s going on, what our risk is and how we can treat it and eliminate it."
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