KYM Marsh's dad said he wants to live long enough to walk her down the aisle.
The former Corrie star's dad Dave has incurable prostate cancer after delaying a check-up due to the pandemic.
Now Kym's 76-year-old father says he hopes to live long enough to walk his daughter down the aisle after she announced her engagement to boyfriend Scott Ratcliff last week.
He told The Sun: “My biggest hope is the treatment keeps working and gives me more time with my family. I want to be fit and well enough to walk Kym down the aisle after she recently got engaged.
“It’s something to look forward to, and making sure I’m there means the world to me.
“I’ve been very lucky because I have a wonderful family who support me, and that’s a huge help.”
Kym has been dating serving Army major Scott since 2018 and says she is “delighted” after he proposed as a birthday surprise.
The Morning Live presenter is now urging other men to get checked after her dad delayed the appointment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She said: “Obviously there’s no way of knowing for certain, and with cancer everything varies from one patient to the next and can be quite unpredictable, but there are some facts which we do know.
“One is that the earlier cancer is caught, the less likely it is to have spread — as it has in my dad’s case — and as a result, the more treatable it can be.
3million miss out on crucial testing
By Ellie Cambridge
AROUND three million people missed out on cancer screenings last year because of the NHS’s emergency focus on Covid.
And the number of urgent 3million miss out on crucial testingreferrals made by GPs between March 2020 and January fell 16 per cent to 1.85 million.
About 20,300 fewer lung cancer and 34,400 breast cancer referrals were made while 10,000 fewer women began breast cancer treatment.
Some 2,000 child cancer cases are suspected to have been missed.
The British Heart Foundation said there were people who had waited for cardiac treatment for two years.
In total, 5.12 million Brits are now on waiting lists — with staff battling not only to get back to daily targets but to deal with the backlog.
Meanwhile, many Brits were too nervous to visit doctors during the heights of the pandemic, or feared wasting GPs’ time.
Cancer services have begun to bounce back, with more than 200,000 people referred for checks in April following a record high the month before.
By May, operations and other elective activity had already climbed to 90 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, with 1.1 million people beginning treatment and 1.8 million diagnostic tests taking place in April.
However there have been warnings the backlog could take five years to clear.
“The other is that over the last year amid lockdowns, there have been over 50,000 fewer men referred to hospital for prostate cancer treatment — and that is very worrying.
“The good news is that he has responded well to some of the hormone treatments he’s been given — but he’s still in a lot of pain, and that is very difficult to see.
“He’s now using a mobility scooter, which for him is the absolute worst part — he hates it. But it has allowed him to keep going out and about with my mum, who is still very active.”
The Hear'Say singer also opened up about the effect the news has had on her family.
NHS is safe and ready
By Peter Johnson, NHS England director
A CANCER diagnosis is a daunting time for patients and their loved ones, but particularly in a pandemic.
Despite the pressure on NHS staff due to Covid, cancer remained a priority and more than 325,000 people started treatment.
Some people had understandable concerns with seeking care over the last year.
But thankfully more people are now coming forward.
Most recent data shows that in one month alone staff checked 230,000 people, including around 16,000 people for prostate cancer.
The good news is if it is caught early prostate cancer can be treated effectively so that people can continue to live healthy, happy lives.
David’s story will resonate with many families across the country and, by speaking out about his diagnosis, he will help us save lives.
Symptoms can range from needing to pee more frequently, difficulty starting to pee, passing blood or feeling your bladder hasn’t emptied fully. My message to you is: If you notice anything unusual, please contact your GP without delay, so that you can get the checks you need.
Our services are safe and ready to check and treat you.
And if you’re a male aged over 50, or have a family history of prostate cancer, find out more about knowing your risk on the NHS website.
Kym explained: “It has been a very difficult time, I can’t deny that, but we have always been very close as a family and so we have been able to talk together and plan for the future which is important.
“But the reality is that in Dad’s case it has now spread to his pelvis, spine, ribs and left leg, which is of course bad news.
“At this stage doctors are talking about it being incurable, but it is treatable and the hope is that they may be able to extend his life — but by how much, nobody really knows, and he is in discomfort.
“I think in his mind he has a target. He hasn’t really shared exactly what that is but he has done a lot of research himself — even though I told him not to — and he knows the statistics in terms of how long he might be able to fight this.”
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