Six years ago, Karen Bonner lost her dad to prostate cancer. She’s now calling on men to check their risk.
Karen’s dad, Egbert, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2010. Sadly, nearly four years later, he lost his fight with the disease.
“When dad died, I asked for donations to Prostate Cancer UK instead of flowers at his funeral. I gave everyone a Man of Men pin badge and literature on prostate cancer, to help educate them about the disease.
“My whole family and I want to do what we can to help save men’s lives and encourage men to understand their risk. My dad was aware that as a black man in his seventies, he had an increased risk of getting prostate cancer, but unfortunately this is not the case for so many other men.”
Prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. Men who are over 50 or have a family history of the disease are more likely to develop prostate cancer. Black men are also at higher risk of the disease. In fact, one in four black men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, double the one in eight risk of all men.
If prostate cancer is caught early, when it’s still within the prostate, there’s a good chance it can be successfully treated. Unfortunately, most early prostate cancers don’t cause symptoms, and can go unnoticed until they’ve started to spread.
That’s why it’s so important to understand your risk. If you’re a black man over 45, you may want to speak to your GP about the pros and cons of a PSA blood test, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Karen knows that raising awareness is the key to saving men’s lives:
“That’s why I’m encouraging men and their loved ones to take Prostate Cancer UK’s 30 second online risk checker. The sooner you take those first steps to find out more, the better.”
Check your risk now at prostatecanceruk.org/riskcheck