A man who lost both his father and uncle to prostate cancer has grown his moustache for the third ‘Movember’ in a row.
David Chamberlain, 51, is determined to raise awareness after losing his dad Peter to the disease 18 years ago.
He said: “My dad was only 65 when he was diagnosed, it was virtually simultaneously with when he retired and then soon afterwards he died. He worked all his life and didn’t enjoy any retirement years.”
And things took another tragic turn just a few years later when David’s uncle John passed away from the same illness.
He said: “With my uncle, he’d been retired a few years and he had a bit more time but it was still a blow.”
Now David, of Knaves Hill, Linslade, is doing everything he can for a cause that is close to his heart, of which growing a moustache is just a small part.
He said: “I don’t think people understand how many people are affected by prostate cancer. It’s one in eight of the male population.”
David works for Talksport, and has joined the company’s Movember movement, which so far has raised close to £9,000 for cancer charities.
In addition he also joined Men United, which is raising money and awareness into the fight against prostate cancer.
Asked what his family think of the moustache, David said: “My wife doesn’t like it but she understands why I do it. A lot of people don’t realise what it means to me, and it’s only once a year after all.”
Under current NHS guidelines there is no organised screening programme for prostate cancer, but information packs are available for men worried they may be at risk and who may want to be tested.