Sally Payne is a trans woman who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. In 2006 at age 54, whilst she was living as a man, she had what she felt was the first warning of prostate cancer.
I was so shocked when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I thought ‘I am going to die.’ Maybe it hit me hard because it was cancer and, more so, a male cancer.
When I was diagnosed, I was told that I would need to stop using oestrogen patches but when I was referred to a consultant, he said not to stop them. I suggested to the consultant that I have an orchidectomy instead of long-term testosterone suppression and he agreed.