This Is The One Facebook Post You Need To Show Every Man In Your Life This Weekend
We all know the importance of getting regular health checks.
Whether it’s a lump in your breast, a pain in your chest or in this case, some blood in your urine.
While there could be a million and one reasons for any of these little hiccups to occur, it’s important to remember that sometimes, for some people it can be the first step in diagnosing and treating a more serious illness.
While some people are lucky enough to have a GP they feel they can be open and honest with, sometimes people may feel silly questioning the decisions, or asking for more information from their doctor.
One Facebook user, Kurt Jewson, is one of these men.
Kurt noticed some blood in his urine, and rather than ask for any tests to be done, he quickly left his doctor’s office to avoid any uncomfortable chats.
Now he’s posting a picture of himself in his underwear on Facebook.
No, it’s not a vanity check – it’s actually a pretty important health check.
He wants you to notice his colostomy bag, and read a pretty important message.
Captioning the shot, Kurt wrote:
‘Ok, have been thinking about this for a while.
Here I am in all my tubby, pale & middle aged (I'm 44) glory.
I've got a Catheter, Stoma ( colostomy bag ), scars where you can see them, scars where you can't, and hormone implants below my skin.
I have another operation to come, and then radio and/or chemo therapy.
Why am I posting this?
Well, in the summer of 2014 I had blood in my urine. Went to the GP and he said that it was probably just an infection and would clear up.
However, it wasn't an infection. It was a symptom of Prostate Cancer.
If my GP had simply taken some blood, and sent it off for a PSA test ( the test for prostate cancer...it's NOT a finger up the ass... That comes later! ) then we would have caught this at an early, and much more manageable stage.
There are many symptoms. I urge all the men to spend 5 minutes here
It could save your life.
Prostate cancer is becoming more prevalent in 'younger' men. Men our age.
If you have blood in your urine, or any other symptom listed on prostateUK's website, then get a blood PSA test.
Insist upon it.
If I had known earlier, then my treatment and prognosis would have been so different.
As it was, my cancer was free to grow and grow for another 12 months without anyone knowing.
So, there you go.
Sorry to be so serious, but 1 in 6 of you (for that's how many men will get prostate cancer) will bloody thank me one day!
Ps Feel free to share, if you want. It's too important for me to be vain about.’
It seems like a simple thing to do, but information is power.
Share this with all the men in your life, and remember it’s always your right to ask for more information, query your concerns and mind your health.