Prostate cancer talks at Atkins in Bristol

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By sophia1980 | Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:01

More than 50 staff at the Bristol office of one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies heard about the importance of men having checks on their prostate at a special presentation this week.

David Miller, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer as a fit and healthy 59-year-old, talked to staff of Atkins at Aztec West, Bristol, about his experience along with Professor David Gillat from the Bristol Urological Institute.

On September 8 this year the Big Run For the Future will be held on the Downs, Bristol to raise awareness of prostate cancer and funds for research work at the Bristol Urological Institute based at Bristol's Southmead Hospital.

The Atkins staff heard how prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer for men, kills 11,000 men each year but if diagnosed early is often completely treatable. Bristol urological Institute has robot technology that is used to carry out operations.

This year the Big Run for the Future has a robot theme and registrations for runners are already being taken at www.runforthefuture.org.uk.

Said David Miller: "I had none of the symptoms associated with the disease and, like the majority of males, had very little knowledge of the prostate or of prostate cancer.   I was lucky, in that I had a health assessment and one of the areas checked was the health of the prostate.

"It was a shock but I was also fortunate that at Southmead hospital in Bristol they had the expertise to conduct prostate surgery robotically by using the Da Vinci robot. The equipment is called the Da Vinci robot since the design is based on some of Da Vinci's robot drawings of 1495.

"The operation took three and half hours and I left hospital the next day, walked to the car park and had minimal pain following surgery.  I continued to walk each day and returned to work after six weeks recovery. 

"I believe it is very important to raise awareness of prostate cancer and that men should take more action to check the health of their prostate. Each year 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease and sadly 11,000 men die."

David Miller is one of the organisers of the annual family 5km fun run and called, Run for the Future and gives prostate cancer awareness talks to local companies and social groups.

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