TV presenter, author and radio personality Stephen Fry has posted an emotional video online announcing his battle with prostate cancer. Fry explained that he was diagnosed just before Christmas, and recently went under the knife to have his prostate removed entirely: "Cancer is just something the rings in your head. 'I've got cancer', I went around saying to myself; 'Good heaven's Stephen you're not the sort of person who gets cancer'. It all seemed to go pretty well, they took the prostate out, they took out 11 lymph nodes." He praised his husband and family for their unwavering support, and went on to explain that though he hasn't had the all clear yet he's hopeful that the cancer is in remission.
After his diagnosis, Fry was offered two options: radiotherapy or total removal of the organ. He opted for the latter but is still waiting for test results to check that the operation removed all of it. If there's any cancer left, he'll have to undergo radiotherapy and be thrown back in the fight fully. He's using the opportunity to raise awareness, urging other men to get their prostate checked and explaining that one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their life. This year, prostate cancer became a bigger killer than breast cancer for the first time with more than 11,800 men a year - or one every 45 minutes - dying from the disease in Britain. Roughly 11,400 women die of breast cancer a year.
Common symptoms to look out for are:
Needing to urinate more often, especially at night.
Taking a long time to finish urinating or straining to urinate
Weak flow when you urinate
Feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
The sudden urge to urinate
Sometimes leaking urine before you get to a toilet
Dribbling urine after you finish urinating
Pain when urinating and/or ejaculating