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Champ to join in Movember
AN IMMORTAL in the ring, boxing champion Ricky Porter fought and beat his fair share of tough guys.
The former welterweight legend, who was never knocked out in his fighting days, is no stranger to the bravado and machismo of men facing tough challenges.
But he also knows all too well that cancer is a challenge that will knock down even the toughest.
“There are no tough guys when it comes to cancer,” said the 70-year-old, who was given the all-clear from prostate cancer in 2010.
“Everyone kept telling me, ‘you’re a fighter Rick, you’ll be ok’. But I didn’t want to hear that – I didn’t want to fight nothing.”
One in eight men in the UK will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and more than 100 men are diagnosed every day.
Ricky opted for surgery to remove the prostate gland rather than take a course of chemotherapy, after advice from a cousin who is a nurse, and managed to catch the disease early enough to avoid it spreading.
His father also suffered with prostate cancer, so checking regularly and spotting any symptoms was something he was already aware of.
But for many men symptoms and signs of prostate or testicular cancers are not so well known or can be embarrassing to go to the GP with, let alone speak to family or friends about.
But Ricky, of County Road, said: “When I had it nothing became embarrassing. I just wanted it out.
“Men associate prostate cancer and the removing of the prostate with virility and every man wants to be a stud – a superhuman when it comes to pro-creation.
“So I think that is part of it. Also, people said to me how it’s embarrassing; the doctor has to stick his finger up your backside.
“But they’ve got to do it and you’ve got to get over it when it comes to life or death.
“A lot of people don’t understand it’s one of the easiest cancers to cure if you catch it early enough and it’s still in the prostate.
“I opted to have the operation to remove it because it would get rid of it completely, and I stuck to my guns even though they offered radiotherapy and all that. As soon as I had problems, like peeing too much and just not feeling normal, I went and got checked.
“It is worth getting your PSA (prostate specific antigen) checked – it’s just a simple little blood test and they can tell if something’s happening that shouldn’t be.”
It is in a bid to raise awareness that Ricky has decided to join in with Movember, an annual campaign to raise money and the profile of men’s health issues, where participants grow a moustache for the month of November.
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