Survivor’s plea for Movember

Buxton's Phil Hutson, who beat prostate cancer, is urging local men to make sure they get themselves checked out.
Buxton's Phil Hutson, who beat prostate cancer, is urging local men to make sure they get themselves checked out.
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A Buxton man who beat prostate cancer is encouraging other men to make sure they get themselves checked as part of Movember.

Phil Hutson was diagnosed with the disease 12 years ago after struggling to go to the toilet.

Thankfully after a course of radiotherapy at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, he made a full recovery.

But Phil, 66, is keen to make sure men don’t put off seeking medical help.

“I would tell everybody to just go and get checked,” he said. “There’s no need to be embarrassed, doctors have seen it all before.

“But get yourself to the doctors and get checked out as soon as possible, it might not even be something serious but it’s best to get it checked out.”

Once a keen cyclist, Phil has since taken up running and will be taking part in a special Movember-inspired 5k run around the Pavilion Gardens this weekend.

Saturday’s race, to be started by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, has been organised by Buxton and District Athletic Club, and runners of all abilities are being invited to take part.

The 5k run starts at 9am on November 8 and involves three laps of the Pavilion Gardens. There is no need to register in advance, just turn up on Broad Walk, near the bottom of Fountain Street.

Movember has been running since 2003 and has raised over £345 million for men’s health charities with men being sponsored to grow a moustache throughout November as part of the annual campaign.