Gary Lineker has urged men to get their prostates checked after suffering a ‘scare’.
The football legend is set to turn 60 on Monday and is making sure to look after his health by getting ‘full body checks’ every couple of years.
Lineker said that he ‘did have one prostate scare’, and wants men to stay vigilant.
Speaking to The Sun, the Match Of The Day host said: ‘It’s important to get ahead of it and a lot of men, we sometimes think, “I’m all right”. We don’t want to see doctors.
‘But that’s a dangerous game. We are all a little bit scared of having something and I think it’s fair to share that. It turned out to be nothing with me but it’s important to get ahead of it. It makes it a lot worse if you catch it late.’
He added: ‘It’s vital for people my age to make sure they are OK, to constantly get checks if possible.’
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and it’s estimated that one in eight men and others who have prostates in the UK will get it – with over 47,000 people diagnosed every year.
It mainly affects men over 50 and the risk increases with age, with black men at higher risk, as well as those with a family history of prostate cancer.
The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis which surrounds the urethra and produces the fluid which creates semen.
Symptoms develop slowly, but can include an increased need to pee, straining while you urinate and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied.
Treatments include surgically removing the prostate, radiotherapy and hormone therapy, and some cases can be cured if caught early.
Since retiring from football in 1994, Lineker has become one of the BBC’s most famous faces as the host of Match Of The Day, and last year, was the highest paid presenter at the Beeb with a salary of £1.75 million.
However, he has since agreed to take a £400,000 pay cut, as part of a new five-year deal he struck with the BBC.
The former Spurs and Leicester star said: ‘I love working with the BBC, and am very proud to continue to be a part of their outstanding football team.
‘I’m looking forward to the next five years – with a European Championship and World Cup on the horizon, it’s exciting times for me and the team.’
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