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02 February 2015 10:00
Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has revealed he is having tests for "a prostate issue"
Radio DJ Chris Evans has revealed he is undergoing tests for "a prostate issue".
The Radio 2 presenter made the shock revelation to listeners of his show, adding that he scared himself "half to death" when he looked up his symptoms online.
Evans brought up the health matter when talking to former Small Faces and The Who drummer Kenney Jones, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the past and survived.
Evans, who revealed he went to the doctor after realising he had not been able to stop peeing or wanting to go to the toilet since Christmas, said: "It's a fine line between life and death, happiness and tragedy."
Jones said he had "amazing support" from Prostate Cancer UK's Men United campaign, admitting he was lucky the disease was caught early.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with those aged 50 or older more likely to develop the disease. While it can be terminal if it spreads to other parts of the body, usually the bones, the cancer can be treated if in the early stages.
Whatever the prognosis, those with the disease may still feel like carrying on with their lives as best they can, doing normal family things like taking a holiday.
Whether you have survived prostate cancer or are still receiving treatment, arranging cancer travel insurance when you book a holiday should provide some peace of mind.
Prostate cancer symptoms
For those concerned they may have prostate cancer, the NHS has highlighted some key symptoms to look out for:
• needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
• needing to rush to the toilet
• difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
• straining or taking a long time while urinating
• weak flow
• feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully.
For those with some of the symptoms above, a trip to their GP may be the best course of action as it could be a crucial difference in whether the disease can be treated successfully.
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