Graham is running over January to get fit and support men like him.
“There was no indication anything was wrong.”
During a routine eye test in October 2020 an optician spotted a potential burst blood vessel and recommended Graham see his doctor for further tests.
The tests included a PSA blood test. In January 2021, Graham’s blood test results showed that his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level was higher than the NHS would like.
After more tests, including an MRI, Graham received a biopsy. The results arrived 12 days before his 61st birthday: 12 of the 21 samples contained cancer.
Graham decided to have his prostate removed. “I have been extremely fortunate; the side effects of surgery have largely gone unnoticed. Three months post-surgery my PSA level was unrecordable.”
An early diagnosis like Graham’s could save your life. However, it was only by chance that his GP recommended the blood test that checked his PSA level. Without a nationwide screening programme that checks men regularly and accurately for prostate cancer, thousands of men could still be diagnosed too late.
The money you’re raising by taking part will help fund the research we need to find the accurate tests that could be used in a screening programme. To save the lives of the men we love.