Prominent TV news presenter Nick Owen has shared his story of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, in the hope of raising awareness of the disease and encouraging other men to get tested early.
Owen, 75, who is best known for hosting shows like Good Morning Britain and Midlands Today, was diagnosed with an “extensive and aggressive” form of cancer in April.
Nick Owen Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
He said that he had no symptoms, but a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test showed slightly elevated results. His GP then referred him to a specialist, who confirmed the diagnosis.
Owen underwent surgery to remove the prostate gland, which was successful. However, he said that the recovery process was challenging.
He is now urging other men to get tested for prostate cancer, as early detection is key to successful treatment.
“I’m very lucky to be alive,” he said. “But if I hadn’t had that PSA test, I might not be here today.
“I’m urging all men to get tested for prostate cancer, even if they don’t have any symptoms. It’s a simple blood test, and it could save your life.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with around 47,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
The good news is that prostate cancer is often curable if it is diagnosed early.
If you are a man over the age of 50, you should talk to your doctor about getting tested for prostate cancer.
The earlier prostate cancer is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be treated successfully.
Owen is now back at work and looking forward to returning to presenting Midlands Today in the autumn.
He said that he is grateful for the support of his wife Vicki and his family and that he is determined to raise awareness of prostate cancer and encourage other men to get tested.
“I want to help other men who are going through what I’ve been through,” he said. “I want them to know that they’re not alone and that there is hope.”
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