Yesterday I took part in the Prostate Cancer UK March for Men. It was a 10km walk around Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol. I completed the course in one hour forty minutes. Yesterday turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far which made it harder to keep my pace up. Prostate cancer kills one man every forty-five minutes in the UK. That is the equivalent of one in eight men. Like all cancer’s Prostate Cancer is curable if it is caught early enough. I suspect that one of the reasons many men are reluctant to get tested is because of the way Doctors check the Prostate. Having somebody put their finger in the anus to check the Prostate is not a nice thought, however I am told that it is the most accurate way of checking the Prostate.
I have a personal reason for wanting to take part in this fantastic event. Christmas 1999 my Grandad lost his battle with Prostate Cancer. He was 85 years old, a World War 2 Veteran and one of the greatest people I have ever known. All the way through I kept on telling myself that this march was for him. I had no doubt that I would complete the event and that I would complete it in under two hours. It was simply a way of keeping up my pace.
If you want to know more about Prostate Cancer simply visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.