It was a shock when I was told I had prostate cancer at the age of 51. I knew I was more likely to be diagnosed because my Dad was living with the disease, but the result still really knocked me. Like many men, I was symptomless. I had surgery to remove the prostate in May 2011. Afterwards, my kids were great, offering to pick things up for me when it was too painful and now that the side-effects have eased, I'm back to playing with them. They've got their Dad back.
It was a shock when I was told I had prostate cancer at the age of 51. I knew I was more likely to be diagnosed because my Dad was living with the disease, but the result still really knocked me.
When I tell people about my prostate cancer, they're quite understanding, but don't really want to talk about it. Perhaps they just don't have the vocabulary. It has been a real support to talk to Dad and it is interesting how many people open up about their own cancer experiences once I've told them about mine. Prostate Cancer UK offers an online forum where men can share their experiences and talk together and that's so important for men in my position.
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.See all stories