J is for Jitters

27 November 2017
Ian Frew, 72, Solihull
My everyday moment came when I realised that fear could have cost me my life. 

Every year since 2011, I would have a prostate check-up. This involves having a simple blood test to check my Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels (which is one way to identify the potential risks of prostate cancer).  My results had always been good, however as I got older my PSA levels started to rise, which became a concern.

In 2015 I had one of these tests which showed that my levels had gone up even further, indicating there was a potential risk of prostate cancer. After that, I had an ultrasound scan at the Spire Parkway Hospital and they told me that while my prostate wasn’t enlarged, I needed to have a biopsy.

I was petrified. I didn’t like the idea of a biopsy and in a silly decision ignored the advice and rejected it for nearly a year.

It wasn’t until a few months later, at the end of 2016, that I decided to get checked again at a ‘Prostate Awareness’ evening, which was being held at the Bupa Health and Dental Centre in Solihull.

The purpose of the evening was to make sure people like me did something about prostate heath and I decided I wasn’t about to throw away another chance to get medical help. I made a promise to myself to get another check and this time, to overcome the fear of any tests or biopsies.

After I had a blood test and an examination, the doctor at the clinic told me my PSA level had gone up even more. I went for an MRI scan and was told I needed to have a biopsy. I overcame my fear of the having a biopsy and had the procedure.

In March 2017, I got the results back. I had prostate cancer, but fortunately, the cancer hadn’t spread. If I had left getting a biopsy any longer, I would have increased my chances of the cancer spreading. 

I was given hormone injections and a 20-day programme of radiotherapy treatment which ended in August 2017.

My last PSA recording was taken recently and I’m delighted to say I am now in remission. 

This case study reflects the specific experience of one customer who used our Pay as you Go services at a Bupa Health Clinic.

What is #EverydayMoments?
A new health report of 4,000 people, commissioned by Bupa Health Clinics, revealed that seven in 10 Britons overlook the role that feeling well health plays in enjoying their everyday lives.
The #EverydayMoments campaign sets out to encourage everyone to share their own ‘everyday moment’ – all the fantastic things that they do every single day thanks to good health. 

To help continue to enjoy your #EverydayMoments book an appointment at one of our 50 + health and  dental clinics across the UK for a range of different health services, including physiotherapy, GP services, health assessments and dentistry. 
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