The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ian Courts, is campaigning to try and save unnecessary deaths from cancer and other life threatening conditions by encouraging people to get tested.
The move comes after Coun Courts revealed that he will, in the next week, be undergoing major surgery to deal with prostate cancer. This was picked up by a routine PSA test – he had no other symptoms.
Coun Courts said: “A recent report has said that earlier diagnosis could prevent 1000 cancer deaths a year, and while that report deals with breast cancer, the same can be said of any serious illness. Let’s face it, men are the worst at attending to their health and many treat it as a bit of a joke. But testing, not jesting, is what it should be about. As well as my condition being picked up, a friend of mine’s life was saved by having one of those routine bowel cancer tests sent out by the NHS.”
There are screening programmes being undertaken for many conditions, such as bowel and breast cancer, and prostate, and Coun Courts is encouraging people to take up the offer of those tests.
He will continue his campaign of awareness of the subject when he resumes his duties, which will hopefully be in July.
“In the meantime, I’d like people to sit up and take note – this is serious, and a simple test can save your life,“ he said. “Speak to your GP, and take action.”
For more information on cancer screening programmes, go to www.cancerresearchuk.org