A WOMAN whose husband has terminal prostate cancer is encouraging men of all ages to get checked for the disease.
Carol Fielding, 48, was devastated when she was told her husband Glyn, 42, had only 18 months to live after doctors confirmed he had prostate cancer.
The couple, who live on Cambridge Street, Accrington, had been asking doctors for 11 months to run tests to determine if Glyn had cancer.
But doctors refused because it is rare for men of Glyn’s age to develop prostate cancer. He was 38 at the time of his diagnosis.
Now Carol is urging young men and their partners to demand doctors run tests.
Carol, a full-time foster carer, said: "While we were in holiday in Tunisia, doctors there said Glyn had prostate cancer.
"When we got back to the UK doctors dismissed it by saying he was far too young. He suffered for another 11 months with problems. They did a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) and then a biopsy before doctors told us he had cancer.
‘"If any young man is having repeated urinary infections that are not clearing up, I would urge them from the bottom of my heart to have a DRE.
"These tests shouldn’t be available to just the older male population and a lot of younger men do not know these tests are available."
Glyn and Carol were dealt another blow when money they had saved for one last family holiday had to be spent on emergency house repairs.
When Carol’s daughter Debbie Kenrick, 24, and her best friend Larayn Draper, 23, heard about the problem they set up charity Gladrags for Glyn.
As well as raising money for a family holiday for Glyn, fundraisers hope to raise awareness about prostate cancer.
Carol said: "It has been amazing to see people support us and the cause.
"I have had people e-mailing me from all over the country. This has restored my faith in people. It isn’t just about budgeting for a holiday. If Glyn doesn’t make the holiday all the funds will go towards a charity of his choice.
"And obviously if we can save lives by encouraging men to get tested for prostate cancer, that is very important too."
Peter Weller, associate director of patient safety and governance for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are very sorry to hear about Mr Fielding’s current circumstances.
"Although it is a very tragic situation, doctors at the time did perform extensive tests to get to the root of Mr Fielding’s condition.
"This has been reviewed by the Trust’s urology specialists who have identified that prostate cancer in one so young is virtually unheard of.
"Many signs and symptoms pointed doctors away from the possibility of cancer, so further investigations and procedures were performed to find a more likely cause."
Tests for prostate cancer are only carried out if there are clinical indicators which suggest the likelihood of cancer being present. Clinicians are led more by this than by the age of the patient.
It is not NHS policy to routinely screen for prostate cancer, however, it can be done at the request of the patient and a blood test can be carried out.
On 4 July the Poplar Club in Accrington is hosting a massive charity auction for Gladrags.
Items available on the night include a hot air balloon ride with Pendle Ballon company and a one-night stay for two at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, breakfast and dinner included.
For more information ring Carol on 07779 718154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org