“Prostate test saved my life”

Date: Friday 20th April 2018

A PENRITH wagon driver is urging all middle-aged men to get screened for prostate cancer — even if they have no symptoms — after he was diagnosed with the condition in January, aged 47.

Jonty Todd, who works for Bulman’s Bulk & Haulage, had planned to attend an organised PSA screening evening, but was unable to do so. Luckily, he decided instead to go to his own GP in December last year.

He had no symptoms of prostate cancer, but went “more for peace of mind”.

Jonty was referred to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, as the PSA reading was high and, after an MRI scan and biopsies, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January.

He was advised to have a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to remove the cancer, as it was moderately aggressive with a risk of spreading.

Jonty, who is married to Gillian, with two sons, Tyler, aged 10, and seven-year-old Jayden, was treated in the urology ward at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in February, and is still under its care.

He will now have a PSA test every six months for the foreseeable future. He is urging all men to contact their GP to arrange to have one if they have any doubts.

Jonty and Gillian are hoping that when they visit the consultant at the Freeman next month he will confirm that no more treatment is required.

“He has been told that if he had waited, even another six months, the outcome could have been very different,” said Gillian, who works as an administrator at O’Reilly Wealth Management.

On Friday, a fundraising quiz involving 20 teams, organised by Gillian and held at Penrith Cricket Club, raised £1,535 which will be split between Prostate Cancer UK and the Newcastle Urology Fund.

All who attended were thanked for their continued support and for helping to raise such a magnificent total.

“We received a number of raffle prizes which were donated by local businesses and my employer, O’Reilly Wealth Management, donated £510 to the cause,” said Gillian.

She hopes that raising awareness within the area of the importance of being checked could potentially save lives. “People really do think prostate cancer only affects older men,” she added.