Bill Anderson Expat Radio: “DON’T BE A MAN” – Get your prostate checked

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Clive Marks, originally from Hertfordshire, moved back to the Midlands after several years in the States. He then travelled throughout Europe working in the holiday business.

12 years ago he moved to Spain with his family after many years in Sales in the UK. Around a year ago, Clive was diagnosed with prostate cancer after taking up the offer of a free PSA test. Clive tells us that around  one in 9 men will experience prostate cancer and although there is plenty of information out there, their reluctance to go to the doctor’s and get a simple blood test puts many of them in danger.

Clive has set up a Facebook Page “Get your prostate checked” to try to get this message out. Clive agreed that often these messages should go out to the women as they are often the ones who persuade us men to look after our health. When Clive finally agreed to use the free voucher given to him by his wife, the test came back with a high PSA level. He stresses that this in itself did not mean he had cancer, only that he needed further tests.

The MRI scan revealed some concerns, and the subsequent biopsy confirmed that cancerous cells were present. The treatment identified for Clive was 28 sessions of Radio Therapy. This was followed up with  hormone therapy which Clive tongue in cheek says that every man should experience. He says that his empathy for women has increased enormously as he suffered a kind of PMS.

The day following the show, Clive and some friends set out on a mini Triathlon to raise funds to provide vouchers for men to take up the offer of free PSA tests. They hope to have raised 8000 € which will provide tests for hundreds of men. The full interview is available on YouTube

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Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson is a Councillor with the Grupo Populares de Mijas, radio host and columnist for the Euro Weekly News