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Spalding prostate cancer survivor highlights importance of King Charles III bringing awareness to health checks for men following monarch’s enlarged prostate operation

A prostate cancer survivor has highlighted the importance of King Charles III bringing awareness to the condition.

The monarch is undergoing an operation for an enlarged prostate, which is benign, and has discussed his treatment publicly in order to encourage other men to get checked.

Rodney Marks, from Spalding, has openly talked of his own diagnosis previously stating it ‘catches you out as there are no obvious symptoms, although trouble peeing could be one’.

King Charles III underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate
King Charles III underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate

Mr Marks is ‘not embarrassed’ to talk about his experience of prostate cancer for which he has now received good news – but welcomed the platform provided by the monarch.

The King, 75, was admitted for treatment at the private London Clinic this morning (Friday).

Mr Marks said: “It's such a common complaint with us boys.

“Thankfully I now have the all clear.”

Rodney Marks lives in Spalding
Rodney Marks lives in Spalding

In August last year, following a blood test, the prostate specific antigen (PSA) gave an early indicator that there could be something wrong – however he does feel that GPs are not allowing enough accessibility to PSA blood tests.

He added: “PSA is undetectable on my last two blood tests.”

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years.

Rodney Marks has had the all clear
Rodney Marks has had the all clear

Mr Marks said: “My first PSA blood test was end of August and I got the results from my surgeon on August 29 last year. My second blood test was December 27 and I got the results last Sunday both showing PSA undetectable.

“I was lucky my cancer was caught early through PSA tests which is every male’s right over the age of 50, over the age of 45 if Black or Asian heritage or if there is a family history.

“There are still too many GPs denying patients access to a simple blood test.”

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Symptoms of prostate cancer do not usually appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra).

When this happens, you may notice things like:

*an increased need to pee

*straining while you pee

*a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied

These symptoms should not be ignored, but they do not mean you have prostate cancer.

The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis and is part of the male reproductive system.

About the size of a walnut, it's located between the penis and the bladder, and surrounds the urethra.

The main function of the prostate is to produce a thick white fluid that creates semen when mixed with the sperm produced by the testicles.

For further information and advice contact: Prostate Cancer UK 0800 074 8383

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