A retired engineer who was diagnosed with prostate cancer after having a vital test during an event to raise money to fight the disease is urging men not to ignore the signs.
Brian Waring had volunteered to be a safety marshal at last year’s Run for the Future, a 5k run on Durdham Downs, Bristol, to raise money for research into prostate cancer at Southmead Hospital.
Mr Waring, 65, agreed to have a PSA test which was being offered for free at the event, run by Bristol Rotary. The PSA check is a test of prostate-specific antigen levels in the blood and sometimes a raised PSA level can be a sign of prostate cancer.
After a raised PSA level was detected Mr Waring was diagnosed with prostate cancer and in May had his prostate removed through robotic surgery at Southmead Hospital and now has regular PSA tests which have all been low.
Mr Waring, a former Airbus engineer from Downend who is now a Kingswood Rotary Club member, said: “Run for the Future saved my life, I feel on top of the world and I am really pleased that I was there on the day and had the PSA test.
“I cannot praise Southmead Hospital highly enough, the robotic surgery was excellent and I was out of hospital after 24 hours.
“I have been spreading the word about PSA testing to my family and friends, it is usually the wives and partners who push the men to go to the doctors but this is something that shouldn’t be ignored.”
Run for the Future 2011 takes place on Sunday September 18 and Mr Waring will again be volunteering as a marshal.
In the past five years the Run for the Future has raised almost £200,000 for the Prostate Cancer Appeal for research at the Bristol Urological Institute, at Southmead Hospital.
The 5k event is open to people of all ages to run, walk or jog the course.
Mr Waring’s son Dave, 36, is now taking part in Run for the Future 2011 to support the event that helped to save his father’s life.
“We are all so thankful that he had the PSA test at last year’s event, he was not ill at all so no one knew the cancer was there.
“It is really a good example of why precautionary testing is so important and my brother and I have been advised to start having PSA tests when we reach 45 years old.
“After my dad got the treatment he needed, Run for the Future seemed like a really good opportunity to raise some money for a really important cause.
“I’m not a runner but this is my way of giving something back to the team that did so much for my dad.”
Free PSA testing at Run for the Future is carried out by Spire Bristol Hospital, who also sponsor the event.
Small family teams of three can register for Run for the Future for just £35, and families of up to five for just £45. Individuals can register for £15.
To find out or to register visit www.runforthefuture.org or contact 0117 323 6328.