My experience

I was 42 and had no symptoms at all when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had recently lost my father to the disease and that spurred me on to visit the doctor, as I knew the family connection meant I was more likely to develop the disease. I received treatment and have been living with prostate cancer for the last twelve years.

It's not always easy for men to talk about their health, especially in my community, but African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer

What I'm doing now

My father's death gave me life and now I use my time to raise awareness. It's not always easy for men to talk about their health, especially in my community, but African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer so I give talks and hold information stands to get the message out there. I also volunteer with Prostate Cancer UK who do great work raising awareness and campaigning for better care for men with prostate cancer.

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Paul's story

Paul, 64, had surgery which caused problems leaking urine (incontinence). He talks about how this affected him, how he managed it and the different treatments he tried for erection problems, including a vacuum pump.

There are a number of solutions to whatever it is – incontinence or erectile dysfunction. And like in all these things, if one doesn’t work, keep moving on, keep trying it.

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