Former chat show host urges men to do their own check-up
Sir Michael Parkinson has revealed he’s battling prostate cancer.
The former TV chat host, who was diagnosed in May, has started intensive radiotherapy treatment at Cromwell Hospital in South Kensington, London.
‘I have cancer – and I must admit it is a bore,’ Parky reveals. ‘I am 78. Of course mortality is on the mind. But I’m not afraid.’
Michael, who is being supported by wife Mary, discovered his condition during a routine check-up.
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK.
The prostate is a small gland about the size of a walnut, located between the penis and the bladder.
Michael urges men to get checked out by a doctor if, while at a
urinal, they cannot hit the wall from 2ft.
‘The point I want to make is that if prostate cancer is identifiable early, it is treatable and curable.,’ he tells The Sun.
10,000 men in the UK died from prostate cancer every year and there is no national screening programme for the disease.