CHAR­ITY BOSS URGES OTH­ERS TO BE VIG­I­LANT AF­TER DIS­EASE DI­AG­NO­SIS

Pub­lic urged to speak to GP and look for symp­toms of dis­ease

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN WALSH

A for­mer can­cer char­ity boss has urged peo­ple to be vig­i­lant for its symp­toms af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

Kenny An­der­son, who stepped down as chair­man from Clan Can­cer Sup­port in Jan­uary, learned he had prostate can­cer fol­low­ing a rou­tine scan in May.

Mr An­der­son is reg­u­larly checked for signs of the ill­ness af­ter his fa­ther died from the same con­di­tion in 2004.

It is likely that the 59-year-old will now have to have an oper­a­tion to re­move the gland later this year.

He said: “Be­cause my fa­ther died and the hered­i­tary is­sues, I am screened for any signs as a pre­cau­tion, so it came as quite a sur­prise when the con­sul­tant di­ag­nosed me.

“I now have to go for an­other scan and it’s likely I will have to get key­hole ro­botic surgery which is fairly cut­ting edge, and I be­lieve Aberdeen is lead­ing the way here.”

The fa­ther-of-three, who is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of An­der­son Con­struc­tion, said he was op­ti­mistic about the surgery.

“I think many years ago can­cer was quite a shock­ing word but now many more peo­ple are liv­ing with it and are suc­cess­fully treated,” he added.

“I would al­ways urge peo­ple to speak to their GP about get­ting tested and to keep an eye out for any symp­toms.”

Mr An­der­son served as Clan’s chair­man for four years af­ter hav­ing pre­vi­ously served on the board, both of which are vol­un­tary po­si­tions.

His term came to an end at the start of the year and he was re­placed by Hugh Lit­tle, the for­mer di­rec­tor of Aberdeen As­set Man­age­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Clan con­tact 01224 647000.

“It came as a sur­prise when the con­sul­tant di­ag­nosed me”

SCREEN­ING: Kenny An­der­son was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer

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