In April 2008 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer - I had only just turned 50. My prostate was removed two months later and, aside from a few side-effects, I have been in remission for nearly eight years.
In Northern Ireland there are more than 6,500 men like me - living with or after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Many live with side-effects, such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction, and every year more than 250 will sadly die from the disease. This needs to change.
Over the next few weeks men who have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer will receive a crucial survey from their hospital. Its aim is to build up a picture of the impact of prostate cancer on all aspects of a man's everyday life. The answers will be used to help make sure other men can be better advised and supported in the future. I urge any of your readers who receive this survey to fill it in and add their voice to tens of thousands of others fighting for change. The more men who respond, the more forceful the findings will be.
Prostate cancer survivor, Co Tyrone (on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation)