Man (42) says early diagnosis saved his life from cancer

2019-11-21 06:00
Dr Karlheinz Jehle and Darren Robertson ready to take on the Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race. PHOTO: Angela Gsell

Dr Karlheinz Jehle and Darren Robertson ready to take on the Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race. PHOTO: Angela Gsell

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For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

For financial planner Darren Robertson (42), his prostate cancer diagnosis a year ago was the beginning of a journey which took him from the first visit to urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle, to a friendship that has seen the two men riding the three-day FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race together this year.

Robertson is a Mo Bro for Movember (www.za.movember.com), a global men’s health charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Robertson describes his cancer journey as being “surprisingly positive”. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. He and his wife Loren first heard he had prostate cancer about eight months after the birth of their daughter Rebecca. Robertson was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer, but a full biopsy carried out after his prostate and seminal vessels were removed in January, showed that his cancer was actually stage 3, and that it had invaded his lymph nodes.

“I was lucky,” he says. “If I had not gone for the check up, and if my GP had not suggested a full blood test and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, it would have been a very different story.”

It was during one of his check-ups with Dr Jehle that the two men got talking about mountain biking.

“He had some mountain biking pictures on the wall, and it wasn’t long before we decided to go on some rides,” Robertson says.

Dr Jehle says he didn’t imagine it would lead to them undertaking the Wines2Whales (28 to 30 October) together. “But when Darren suggested to me that it would be a great way to spread the Movember word about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups, I agreed immediately,” he says.

Jehle lauds Robertson for his bravery in speaking out about his prostate cancer diagnosis. The disease is the leading cancer among South African men. As many as one in five South African men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with black men more likely to get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, and at a younger age.

“Men are dying too soon because they are not going for screenings. The rule of thumb is to have your prostate checked at 45 if you are black or if you have a family history of the disease, and at 50 for everyone else. But if you are worried, go sooner,” he says.

“Early detection of prostate cancer can make all the difference. It is so important that men realise that life after a prostate cancer diagnosis is not as bad as you think. It is not the end of your sex life!”

Robertson agrees: “I felt calm and supported through the whole process,” he says. “Even the dreaded digital exam wasn’t as bad as everyone makes out – it was so quick and painless. Take it from me – an early cancer diagnosis is immeasurably better than leaving it too late.”

Chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Global Movember Foundation, Garron Gsell says: “We have a long way to go until no man dies of prostate cancer. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help.”

This year’s Movember campaign encourages everyone to “grow, move or host”. All funds raised will go to awareness campaigns, research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

V For more information, visit www.za.movember.com or download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

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