My dad died on Saturday morning of cancer. I was hoping to show him the Liverpool game on a computer but not to be. He was a home and away Stokie for many years (especially in the sixties) and was a full on fan till his last breath, talking about signings, etc. I have acquired his marvellous retro sixties stoke top and scarf he was given for the trip to Wembley to watch us thoroughly dick Bolton. I will wear it every time I watch stoke, whether it be live or on the telly or whatever. He was only seventy two and up to a couple of years ago a fit, big strong bloke. But he ignored some signs of ill health.
GET YOUR PROSTATE CHECKED if you're an older bloke. Seriously. If he had he would be down to every game he could this season enjoying the great times we are all hopefully about to have but not to be. because he ignored some symptoms, despite my mum's nagging, as blokes do. And now he's gone, when there was no need. Seriously guys get checked. Most blokes get it but it is easily fixed if caught early. And women, nag your men.
God bless your family right now. It's a treatable form of cancer if diagnosed early enough. There's no pride lost in seeing a medical professional to be sure if you find a lump lads.
I'd like to add that I'm 38 and a few of my friends my age have had a mastecomy for breast cancer, girls so the same rules apply. I'd rather be turned away from a surgery or biopsy result with a negative reading than see my family distraught and suffering like muglump.
Sorry for the loss of your dad mate Sound advice on getting checked I was only 47 when I suffered with prostate probs over the last two or three years and have been examined many times, still do to this day Really nothing to it chaps
RIP to your dad, lost my dad to the big C last year, always hassle your doctor if you aren't feeling right, glad I did and had a 15mm growth taken out last month, last year a woman doctor didn't even examine me and told me 'I'd probably got a pile' luckily enough a male doctor examined me this time and had me down leighton the next day.
So sorry for your loss pal. Always gutting when one of our own is taken too soon. Excellent advice though and thanks for sharing. We should take more notice instead of being ignorant as we all are if we're to beat this vile disease
Post by DeesideStokie on Aug 12, 2015 19:42:50 GMT
Sincere condolences to you and your family muglump for the loss of your dad.
I lost my dad to prostate cancer almost 3 and a half years ago and it is horrible to see your loved one deteriorate in such a way. He was in the Dougie Mac at the end and they were superb with him, and all of the family, and he had a dignified and peaceful end. I get my prostate checked every year and would recommend all men from their mid to late 40's to get themselves checked out regularly.
Post by stayingupfor kustokie on Aug 12, 2015 20:01:50 GMT
So sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Your advice is excellent and every man should pay attention. I am 60 years old and very lucky, I had my first prostate check up when I was 40 and he found a large pre-cancerous polyp in the colon that was successfuly removed. Since then I've had annual prostate exams and regular colonoscopies. Regular PSA tests are helpful but not 100% accurate so physical exams are essential. So get down to the doc and get it checked out - it could save your life!
Condolences to you and your family. I get mine checked every year. It's a simple blood test called PSA. ALL men over 50 should go to their GP annually and ask for the test.
The PSA test is helpful but it is not 100% accurate. There is a significant level of false negatives as well as false positives. Digital exams are also very important but again not 100% foolproof because part of the prostate is not accssible from the colon. So both tests should be done annually over 40. During a colonoscopy they will be check for colon cancer as well as prostate cancer. These physical exames are not that bad and definitely worth it.
To answer an earlier question: THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS . So get checked.
Great post to have the thoughtfulness to come on here at this awful time and to try to prevent others going through what your dad went through, and what your family are currently going through. RIP. We'll be with you.
Post by Malcolm Clarke on Aug 12, 2015 20:38:55 GMT
Well done for posting this. Family history is a very important risk factor. Both my father and my grandfather died from prostate cancer, so I was almost waiting for it, and sure enough when my PSA started to rise 5 years ago, I was sent for a biopsy which revealed that it had started. I had a treatment called brachytherapy to completely solve the problem. It's a difficult disease to manage because many older men have the non-aggressive form, often without knowing it, and die with it rather than from it. For the non-aggressive form for older men, close monitoring without any clinical intervention ( which can be evasive and often has permanent side effects) can be the best option. The problem arises because the non-aggressive form can flip to the aggressive form which then migrates to other parts of the body, which is what kills people. In my case, given my relatively young age (64) and family history the probability of that happening was considered quite high, so I opted for treatment. The problem with PSA tests is that they can give a lot of "false positives" i.e a lot of things other than cancer can cause the PSA to rise (including riding a bike - so if you have a PSA test - don't ride to the surgery!). But if you experience any of the symptoms in the link above - definitely go to see your GP to find out what's going on. One of my closest friends, Roland, a great lifelong Man City fan, and the same age as me, died from it, because it had spread before it was picked up. My consolation at losing the Cup Final was that Roland, who by then knew his fate, had at least seen his beloved team win at Wembley.