Publish date: 28 March 2024

A woman who lost her husband to prostate cancer is urging men to check their risk in just 30 seconds.

March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Janet Daykin is taking the opportunity to highlight the issue – which affects one in eight men.

“I lost my husband Mike to prostate cancer almost 14 years ago, diagnosed late and advanced with no symptoms,” said Janet.

“There were very few treatment options available then and most of the treatments routinely available now weren’t available then.”

Some 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – with 10,000 of those being diagnosed too late.

Men’s risk of prostate cancer increases if they are aged 50 or over with black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer at even greater risk.

Janet, who volunteers, offers one to one peer support, and gives regular talks to raise awareness, continued: “Most men diagnosed early with prostate cancer can be successfully treated. But early-stage prostate cancer often has no symptoms.

“It is vital that men at risk do not wait for symptoms before speaking to their GP.

“The good news is that now more and more men are ‘living with and after’ prostate cancer and more families are kept together.”

I would urge men to check their risk here. It takes just 30 seconds. -

For more information visit and Prostate cancer | Macmillan Cancer Support


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