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Keith's Prostate Cancer Story

Actavo Hire and Sales Branch Manager, Keith Padwick, explains in his words, his Prostate Cancer story.

In the UK around 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. The average age is between 65 and 69 years old. That does not mean you won’t get it earlier.

Men over 50 are at risk and, if there is prostate cancer or breast cancer in your close family, the risk increases. This link explains more: http://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/are-you-at-risk/infographic-what-is-my-risk

I was diagnosed at 58, following numerous scans and tests, with an aggressive tumour that was neither operable nor curable. Things looked quite bleak and the news was pretty devastating. Since then I have undergone several treatments (and more starting shortly) and have been told that the aim is now to cure it. However, that is a long term objective and probably a number of years in the future. The outcome has changed due to my body responding well to the hormone treatment, meaning I have also been trying to keep fit and stay positive.

There are side effects to the treatment, one of the worst is probably what is described as ‘Extreme Fatigue’. This means that you constantly have to force yourself to get up and do something, not just sit around, and you are permanently exhausted.

I have been lucky to have excellent support from my company, especially my Regional Manager, and the help of a wonderful team of people at a small local charity in West Sussex, called Cancer United, and their unique CU Fitter rehabilitation gym. This is for all types of cancer and the classes are tailored to suit the individual needs.

Their work, along with the positive attitude and friendship of the other members, has helped me keep going and kept the ‘black days’ to a minimum.

The exercise helps. Their aim is to spread the idea and training around the country and open more facilities. They are also looking for new, larger facilities in West Sussex.

"Cancer United is a cancer support initiative with a difference. As well as weekly meetings, we have recently launched a physical exercise programme called ‘CU Fitter’.

Cancer United has built the first ever dedicated gym space specifically for cancer patients. With the help of our specialist trainers, the physical and mental wellbeing of cancer patients can be dramatically improved over a very short period of time.

Whilst Macmillan have recently hailed physical activity for those living with cancer as the ‘underrated wonder drug’, many patients will not be in a position to join a health club or main stream gyms and even if they were, they wouldn’t have access to specialist cancer fitness trainers to help and support them through their fitness recovery.

We urgently need your help to get as many cancer patients in West Sussex as we can through the unique CU Fitter."

Find out more information here: http://www.cancerunited.org.uk/

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