Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 40ft clipper - joke.
Prostate cancer kills around 11,000 men a year but, with early detection, can be eliminated completely.
Richard Evans, director of Dedicated Wines had a brush with prostate cancer two years ago but survived due to an early blood test.
Now he's taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race between London and Rio de Janeiro to increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money for two charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK.
Richard wants to get the message to all men that they need to ask their GPs for the simple blood test which establishes their PSA level which can then be monitored by testing at intervals throughout their lives.
Any radical changes can be an early warning sign, allowing early detection and early treatment of prostate cancer, meaning vastly improved cure and survival rates - I for one will be making an appointment with my doctor shortly.
For more information, or to make a donation, check out www.ricardoracestorio.com
And, gents of a certain age, don't forget to call your doctor.
Macmillan Cancer Support - website
Prostate Cancer UK - website
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - website
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