He Has Fought Prostate Cancer. How About You?

He Has Fought Prostate Cancer. How About You?

There are estimated to be around 52,300 new prostate cancer cases in the UK every year. Nevertheless, the data also shows that the survival rate is relatively high, being as much as 78% for men in England in 2013-2017. When talking about the consequences, treatment and diagnosis of prostate cancer, it is also worth remembering that each case is different and is characterised by different causes, symptoms and treatment history.

Although nothing can replace a professional medical consultation and thorough tests, it is worth reading the stories of patients who managed to beat prostate cancer. One of them is the testimony of John, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 50s. Below we present his experience to increase public awareness of prostate cancer and conscious examination of this organ.

How It Started: A Prostate Cancer Patient On His Diagnosis

A few years ago, John experienced frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom, disrupting his wife's sleep. He attributed it to what he jokingly called "old man syndrome," assuming it was a common issue for older men. Despite his wife's concern, John hesitated to see a doctor. When he finally mentioned my frequent urination to a trusted friend, he agreed with his wife that it was not normal and advised him to seek medical attention. 

It turns out, John’s symptoms were indicative of early prostate cancer. Many men with this condition do not initially show signs, but when they do, it is often due to the cancer affecting the urethra. Symptoms may include difficulty starting or completing urination, a weak urine flow, a sense of incomplete bladder emptying, increased urination frequency (especially at night), and sudden urges to urinate. While these changes can also be related to an enlarged prostate or other health issues, it is crucial to consult a doctor for a proper evaluation.

Further Steps And Diagnostic Process

Concerned with his symptoms, John finally visited the GP, where he underwent an examination and blood tests, and was subsequently referred to a specialist who diagnosed him with cancer. The initial 24 hours post-diagnosis were frightening, filled with thoughts of immediate mortality upon hearing the word 'cancer.' Despite the initial fears, John has survived for several years since then.

What is more, John highlights that prostate cancer still carries a social stigma, impacting those affected emotionally. 2020 research highlights shame and reluctance to discuss it due to societal expectations. Removing this stigma is vital for early diagnosis and providing essential support during treatment.

Testimonial And Social Impact

“I wanted to share my story about living with prostate cancer to give some reassurance to men who are being diagnosed that this does not need to be the end of the world and yes, it’s normal to panic in the early days. But there is help out there – healthcare teams, friends, family, support networks, charities. And there are lots of treatments which can treat the cancer or prolong your life”, underlines John. Due to his experiences, John would like to educate the society about not only prostate cancer, but also general men's health and disease prevention.

John, a prostate cancer survivor, shares his story to reassure others facing the diagnosis. He emphasizes that a prostate cancer diagnosis does not mark the end, highlighting the support from healthcare teams, friends, and family. John advocates for breaking the social stigma to encourage early diagnosis and comprehensive support during treatment. His testimony stresses the importance of awareness about prostate cancer and general men's health, underlining the critical need for increased awareness to promote early detection and improved support for those affected. Follow his example and test yourself regularly!


  1. https://www.ipsen.com/oncology/offering-reassurance-john-shares-his-story-about-living-with-prostate-cancer-to-reassure-those-who-might-be-in-a-similar-position/
  2. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer