Stephen Fry urges men not to put off prostate cancer tests during pandemic

STEPHEN Fry is urging men to get checked for prostate cancer amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The actor, 63, had his prostate removed after being diagnosed in Dec- ember 2017 and is still undergoing radiotherapy.

He said: “It’s really important, and I do get a bit evangelical about asking men of a certain age next time they see a doctor, especially in the time of Covid, to check.

“If they’re going to have a blood test then check for PSAs, as they’re called.

"These are little indicators in the blood that might show there is a chance that something is going on down in the prostate area.”

Speaking on the Headliners podcast, the TV star said it’s a quick test.

He said: “Every now and then I have a blood test.

"And earlier this year I had some radiotherapy, which is very common once you get the thing out, you mop out any stray cancerous cells.

"I have another blood test next week, so I hope it will carry on being an all clear. It’s been a strange experience.

“We never think it’s going to happen to us, but there is every chance it will.”

Some 3,500 men are believed to be at risk of dying from prostate cancer due to a drop in referrals from GPs during lockdown.

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