Warren Hutson was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago, and his brother also suffered from the same cancer.
Now Warren is taking part in the 62 Miles for 62 Scientists fundraiser which will see the 72-year-old walk the distance in a month to raise money for prostate cancer research.
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He said: “I had symptoms for six months before I finally saw a doctor, so I want to do everything I can to get the message out to men that if anything is wrong, go get checked out. “
Warren first noticed a problem when he was driving through Wales seven years ago and had to stop at every petrol station to go to the toilet.
“I thought it was just an old man thing,” he said.
His twin brother was diagnosed 19 years ago and had completely different symptoms where he couldn’t go to the bathroom at all, leading Warren, from Punch Bowl Park in Buxton, to believe he had no of cancer.
He said: “Everyone is different, so everyone’s symptoms will be different.”
When he went to the doctor, his prostate specific antigen (PSA) was tested. PSA is a protein made by the prostate. Normal levels are between three and five and Warren’s was 32.48.
He underwent hormone therapy for a year and 20 radiation therapy sessions before being cleared with PSA levels of 0.01.
He said: ‘I had prostate cancer, my twin had it, I lost three friends to the same cancer so anything I can do to raise awareness is a good thing.
“There’s no formal screening process like there is for cervical or breast cancer, so it’s really important that men get checked out.”
All money raised from his month-long walk will go to the 62 scientists supported by Prostate Cancer Research across the UK.
Warren has raised almost £700 so far but he would like to reach £1,000.
He added: “Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout my treatment and to everyone who supports me on this walk.”