Loose Women star Jenny Powell, Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn and former Love Island contestant Arabella Chi discussed the impact of prostate cancer on their lives ahead of a Father’s Day charity campaign.

The all-star female cast have shared heartbreaking personal stories and messages of hope for new film The Sit Down to raise awareness and funds for charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Powell, whose father came from Africa and escaped apartheid, said Father’s Day will be “difficult” this year because his death less than a year ago is still “very brutal”.

She said: ‘My story about prostate cancer is about my dad and he only passed away not too long ago in July and he had prostate cancer and I think when I look back, I felt so naive.

“One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer, I didn’t even know that. He always used to repeat that he had never been to the hospital, not once.

McGlynn recalled a similar story about her grandfather Denis, who had ‘never taken paracetamol in his life’ and added that ‘everyone was just floored’ when he was diagnosed with cancer prostate because he was the “glue” of their family.

The actress, who plays Sinead Tinker on the famous cobblestones, said: “He was like my second father, I’ve never seen my family broken like this before. They said he was six months old but he ended up by having him for two and a half years, he was a fighter.

McGlynn said she used to watch soap operas on TV with her grandfather and he held her hand throughout her career, taking her to acting lessons every week.

She added: “I got the part in Waterloo Road and he used to say ‘Katie, when do you get a part on Corrie, what are you doing on Waterloo, you gotta get on Corrie’.

“I remember he passed away and a few weeks later I had an audition on Coronation Street and I had never had one before.

“Seven and a half years later, I got an award for doing a screenplay about cancer, so it’s just weird.”

Chi, whose father and uncle were diagnosed with prostate cancer a month apart, said: “I feel like people don’t talk about it enough, especially women.


“I feel like my story is a bit more positive, my dad and uncle both had the operation to have their prostates removed.

“Immediately you think the worst, but then you start looking at the options and thinking, thank goodness we caught it when we did.

“My dad having meant it my uncle did the test, if we hadn’t caught it when we did, I probably wouldn’t have a dad or uncle now.”

Model Chi added that her father would not have seen her entering the Love Island villa in 2019 had he not been diagnosed early.

In the film, the female celebrities discuss a gender imbalance in medical checkups and screenings, calling on women to help the men in their lives take care of their health.

Chi said, “We all have men in our lives and we’re all so phased in ‘checking your breasts’ and ‘cervical screenings.’ Men don’t have that.

McGlynn added: “I just feel like if we had a test that would make them go and the women in their lives would make them go.

“That’s why I’m glad we’re here today to kind of represent the women who are affected by it. We don’t have a prostate, but we are still affected.

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Laura Kerby, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Father’s Day is a time to reflect on the men who have shaped our lives, whether in celebration or remembrance. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in dads and will rob us of 30 men for Father’s Day alone. But we have the power to change that.

“Prostate cancer can often be cured if caught early enough, and with the development of an effective screening program that could accurately test and diagnose men earlier, we could save thousands of lives every year. . But we need science to help us get there and funding for this vital research.

“We believe in a future where men’s lives are not limited by prostate cancer. Men, we are with you.

The Sit Down series also features films with Star Wars actor Andy Secombe, broadcaster Dr. David Bull and The Who and Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones.