A dying man has issued a vital message to all men after his cancer diagnosis came "too late'.
Martin York was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at the age of 55 in 2017.
After being discharged from St Luke's Hospice to continue end-of-life care at his home in Plymouth, he is urging other men to get check-ups that could save their life.
Prostate cancer affects one in eight men, St Luke's Hospice says, and Martin wants to remind people that while the disease usually occurs in men aged over 65, younger men are also at risk.
Martin is passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of getting yourself checked and looking out for symptoms, reports Plymouth Live .
While prostate cancer typically occurs in men aged over 65, St Luke's Hospice says, younger men are also at risk and Martin wants to remind the public that getting diagnosed early can improve the prognosis for those who have the condition.
Martin said: "I was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2017, and the disease had been doing its worst inside my body for three to four years so I went straight onto chemotherapy. It was very debilitating and I spent most of the next five months in bed."
Martin urges all men to not let embarrassment hold them back from checking with their GP.
He said: "Men don't like talking about anything below their belts, which is ridiculous.
"It's too late for me, but it's not too late for others. If you're in any doubt at all, see your GP for a simple check-up."
Martin has been married to his wife Penny for 24 years and received care from St Luke's when he needed help to control his pain and was admitted to St Luke's specialist unit in Turnchapel.
Hospice care was very different to what he expected.
Martin said: "I went in not knowing what it would be like, but I was very pleasantly surprised how friendly, light and airy the unit was. It was like a five-star hotel."
Martin recently decided he wanted to be discharged and receive his care from St Luke's while at home.
St Luke's says half of its patients across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall are supported by the charity's multidisciplinary At Home team, who made sure 'everything was in place to make his transition from the unit as smooth as possible.'
Martin's wife, Penny said: "A lot of people think that when you go into the hospice building, you’re never coming out again. This couldn’t have been further from the truth for Martin, and it was his choice to come home.
"The day he returned was remarkable, with all the kit already in place, thanks to St Luke’s occupational therapist Shaen. He made sure Martin had everything that was needed, from easy chairs and hoists to a special bed."
"Martin is a very special man, I will always be grateful to St Luke’s for this gift they’ve given us – Martin at home where he belongs so we can have this precious time together knowing that if we need it, help is just a phone call away. The kindness and sensitivity of the team is making such a difference to us at a really difficult time.
"I am incredibly proud of Martin and want to echo his words to other men: If you have even the slightest concern that something is wrong ‘downstairs’, go straight to see your GP. It could save your life."
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