Cancer battle brothers aiming to help others
THERE are four years between brothers Peter and Michael Scholey – in age and in their cancer diagnoses.
Just four years after Peter was treated for prostate cancer his younger brother has now been diagnosed with the disease.
The St Andrew's 63-year-old had surgery to remove his prostate at Southmead Hospital after he was diagnosed four-and-a-half years ago following regular screening. Peter then had radiotherapy a year later and has been told he is clear from cancer.
His 59-year-old brother Michael has now been diagnosed with the disease after regular blood tests and is having treatment at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
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The brothers will be among participants taking part in a fundraising event on the Downs on Sunday to raise awareness of the disease that affects about 40,000 men in the UK every year and kills more than 10,000. They want to raise awareness of prostate cancer while supporting research and treatment of the disease in the city.
The Scholey brothers will be part of a team of 20 family members who will be taking part in Run for the Future, which is organised by Rotary in the city to raise money for Bristol Urological Institute's Prostate Cancer Appeal.
Peter said: "I had a fantastic service from Southmead and the oncology centre. It was a happy outcome for me. My brother was more aware of prostate cancer because of my experiences, as are a lot of my friends.
"He was being regularly screened with PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests as a result of what happened to me."
The brothers and their wives, children and grandchildren will be taking part in the 5km fun run, with some members of the family in pushchairs and others being carried along the route.
It is not the first time Peter has taken part in the fundraising event.
"I did it when I was in the middle of my radiotherapy treatment and raised quite a bit of funding at the time," he said.
"I always felt I would carry on taking part.
"I think it is important because part of the message for other people is prostate cancer is still a significant killer of men even though we do have more screening now.
"I was being screened so mine was picked up but things can develop incredibly rapidly and I think getting the message across is important."
Peter said that having had the experience of cancer he finds it is important to continue being involved with causes linked to the disease.
"When you have had cancer the thing that stays with you, and I have talked to a lot of people about this, even if you are clear you are still very emotionally connected with it and it is important to take part and identify with something that still is ongoing for me on an emotional level," he said. "It is significant too for family members as they had to go through it too, my wife in particular.
â Run for the Future is being held on the Downs on Sunday. Participants can still register on the day from 11am.