In 2019, Alan went on holiday to Tenerife when he fell ill with gastroenteritis.
During a visit to a GP while on holiday he had his blood checked, which revealed he had raised prostate-specific antigen(PSA) of 5.5ng/ml.
Autopsy studies suggest that one in three men over the age of 50 have some cancer cells in their prostate, but when PSA levels exceed 3ng/ml, this could indicate that there’s an underlying issue.
After enduring a 24-month wait to get his PSA score checked again in 2021, Alan’s test result showed it has risen from 5.5ng /ml to 7.7ng /ml.
He was therefore referred to the hospital to undergo further tests, which is when he was formally diagnosed with prostate cancer, at the age of 65.