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ev­ery­body. It af­fects all the fam­ily. You’ll need help from them be­ing taken for treat­ments.

“They are all in­volved. It can be hered­i­tary. Any sons in the fam­ily could be in line for it.

“When I found out, I emailed all my male cousins and told them to get checked. And when you are go­ing for appointments, al­ways take some­one with you be­cause you don’t take a lot in.

“When it was me, I didn’t know what I needed to ask, so it’s a good idea to make a few notes be­fore you go,” ad­vised John, who will be urg­ing his 14-yearold grand­son to be prostate-aware when he reaches adult­hood.

John’s mes­sage is sim­ple: put your stub­born male pride aside and take the test.

“Be­cause of the em­bar­rass­ing test, men will not go and be seen. It is ac­tu­ally very silly,” said John, who is un­der no il­lu­sions that his can­cer could re­turn at any time.

“What I’d say to them is: it will not go away. Okay, you might be lucky and it might take a long time to de­velop. Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent. There are some schools of thought that say that if you are go­ing to get can­cer, that is the best one to get be­cause it is not gen­er­ally ag­gres­sive. But we are all dif­fer­ent. The se­cret is to go and get tested.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the La­nark­shire sup­port group, email Neil Arm­strong: n. s. arm­strong@ blueyon­, or sim­ply drop in for a chat.

I felt ab­so­lutely numb. I went into ‘why me?’ mode - John Mor­gan

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