What began as a routine checkup and flu shot last December for Stephen Fry turned into a chain of events that would lead to the actor and author to finding out he had prostate cancer and getting his prostate surgically removed. Now, in a very personal YouTube video, Fry is opening up about the process and urging men to be aware of their health and potential issues that could develop as they age.
In the video, Fry candidly talks about how routine bloodwork revealed a mild increase in his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and how, after getting an MRI and being referred to a specialist, this led to the discovery that he had a particularly high-grade form of prostate cancer. Fry elected to have his prostate and some surrounding lymph nodes removed to combat the cancer as efficiently as possible. "So what's next? You have to recover, and that's what I've been doing," Fry said.
"My family and my divine and darling husband of course were just marvelous," he said of those close to him and how they supported him through his diagnosis and surgery. "For the moment, I'm fit and well and happy," he added. Fry also urged "men of a certain age" to have their PSA levels checked regularly, stating the statistics that one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their life, with the likelihood doubling to one in four for men of African descent.
"I'm bloody lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people," he said in closing. "Here's hoping I get another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment, and that's a marvelous thing to be able to say, and I'd rather it didn't go away." Watch Fry's message, below.