Jools Holland bravely shares her battle with prostate cancer after an unexpected diagnosis

Legendary musician Jools Holland was surprised to learn he had prostate cancer after a routine blood test

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Jools Holland speaks out for the first time about being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The musician and TV star, 64, was suddenly diagnosed after a routine blood test and the results were shocking because he had no symptoms.

Pianist Jools admitted he “knew nothing about prostate cancer” prior to his diagnosis and is grateful that the blood test he had in 2014 allowed him to successfully treated because the disease was detected early.

“I didn’t know anything about prostate cancer, didn’t notice any symptoms until I was diagnosed after a routine blood test in 2014. Fortunately, I was successfully treated. , but if more people are aware of their risk and detect the disease early, the more lives will be saved,” he told PA.

In an effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer, band member ex Squeeze announced a star-studded event to support the charity.

He has teamed up with men’s health charity Prostate Cancer UK for a musical event titled Raise the Roof, which will see names from the music world – including Paul Weller and Spice Girl Melanie C, and famous comedians will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on June 22.

Jools Holland was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014



Holland told the PA news agency: “If I could raise awareness about the truth about prostate cancer I would definitely stand on my piano and shout about it because I think it’s really important.

“I knew nothing about prostate cancer, didn’t notice any symptoms, until I was diagnosed after a routine blood test in 2014. Fortunately, I was successfully treated. work, but if more people were aware of their risks and caught the disease early, more lives would be saved.

“If Raise the Roof can achieve this and save a life, it will be the greatest thing ever.”

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The event, which will be hosted by former TV star and host AJ Odudu and comedian Jim Moir, also boasts a lineup that includes Celeste, Paloma Faith, Ruby Turner, stars comedy stars Shaparak Khorsandi, Gina Yashere and Stephen K Amos – with more names still to be announced.

Funding from Raise the Roof, which was the idea of ​​Holland, and his friend and Prostate Cancer UK founder, Professor Jonathan Waxman, will go towards research to help find a way better test for prostate cancer and one that could be used for a UK-wide screening programme, the charity said.

The charity estimates that around 14,000 men in the UK may have undiagnosed prostate cancer and may need urgent treatment, with one in eight men in the UK developing prostate cancer. prostate every year.

The musician was diagnosed after a routine blood test


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“People often think ‘this is what happens to other people’,” Holland told PA. It’s not like I feel any different.

“It’s not like I suddenly feel sick, except you suddenly have this thing hanging over your head and you think ‘come on, don’t people die from all this?’ It’s worrisome, obviously, but when I started talking to Professor Waxman, I realized that there are all sorts of ways to deal with it if caught early. ”

“If I don’t have that routine test where something shows up, then I just keep going until it’s probably too late to do anything about it.

“And that’s why it’s really important for men to be aware of the facts about prostate cancer and understand their risk.

“One thing I would suggest is to visit the Prostate Cancer UK website and go to their risk check page where you will quickly find out what your risk is for this disease. And at least that’s a starting point.

“I think there will be thousands upon thousands of other men who don’t know about prostate cancer, as well as a lot of men who find it difficult to talk about it.

“It is very important not to be afraid to have conversations because it is much better to discuss and resolve problems early than it is too late.”

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