Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with around 44,000 men diagnosed each year.
Les, a Freemason for 16 years, was completely unaware he was living with this life-threatening disease. It was only during a routine doctor’s appointment that he was offered a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test.
The blood test came back showing that his PSA levels were too high. His doctor told him that he should have a scan to investigate further but that it would take a couple of weeks to get an appointment on the NHS. The anxiety caused by this news meant that he didn’t want to wait, so Les decided to pay for an MRI scan and a biopsy privately.
This was when my cancer was fully diagnosed – but I was told I would face a year and a half wait for an operation.
After confiding in his Lodge Almoner about his diagnosis, the long NHS wait and the unaffordable cost of private care, Les found out about the MCF and successfully applied for funding to have his treatment privately. Just three months later he had the surgery he needed.
As soon as the word cancer is mentioned, your whole world turns upside down, so who knows what would have happened if I had been forced to wait. I’m just so lucky I caught it early!