EXCLUSIVE: The former England and Manchester United footballer Paul Parker is supporting Prostate Cancer UK and Movember’s PROFILE study and is appealing for black men aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s to take part
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in men, with one in eight in the UK diagnosed in their lifetime. It’s a sobering figure – yet the numbers are doubly concerning for black men who have a rate of one in four.
It’s not known why their risk is so much higher, though genetics are thought to play a part. It’s an issue charity Prostate Cancer UK is trying to find out more about, launching the PROFILE study in partnership with Movember, and urging black men aged 40-69 who haven’t had prostate cancer to take part.
One man who’s signed up is former England and Manchester United star Paul Parker.
The defender turned pundit, now 57, has a very personal reason for doing so – his dad Louis, 80, was diagnosed with the disease last year.
Paul is encouraging men, especially black men in the higher risk category, to put their embarrassment aside, find out about the dangers and speak to their doctors.
In Louis’s case, his family made sure he sought help. “My mum and my brother ground him down really, got him to the doctors and, lo and behold, they picked up prostate cancer.”
Fortunately, the disease was caught early. “The timing couldn’t have been better,” says Paul.
“The cancer was encapsulated in the prostate so he was very, very fortunate and only needed to have a course of radiotherapy.”
After living abroad in Singapore for eight years, Paul was thankful to be home, and able to help mum Myra and siblings Doreen, Denis and Colin as Louis went through treatment