A GOLF coach who was diagnosed with prostate cancer has appealed to men to have regular check-ups for the illness.
Jerry Newham, who is the director and owner of Sussex Golf Academy, based in Findon on the A24, was diagnosed with cancer in August, last year.
Bone and MRI scans showed the cancer was in an advanced state, leading doctors to perform a radical prostatectomy in January.
Now, Jerry has been placed on a form of hormone therapy he will continue to take for the rest of life.
Jerry, 56, said despite prostate cancer’s reputation for affecting older people, it was an illness which anyone could suffer from.
He said: “It does affect younger men, and when younger people get it, it’s more aggressive.
“People should go get themselves checked out. I know for most men it’s extremely embarrassing but it’s so important. It’s one of the most common cancers that kills men, so having regular checks is so important.”
Despite the challenges of overcoming invasive surgery and ongoing hormone treatment, Jerry said he was keeping positive about the future.
Jerry said: “It changes your views having this horrible illness.
“It’s like having a death sentence when you’re first diagnosed with it, but there’s hope if it’s dealt with really quickly.
“I have to praise the NHS for being fantastic. They’ve been amazing.”
For the full story, read the Worthing Herald this week, Thursday, August 23.