"Farewell 10,000 Men" by Doug Gray… A Dying Man Turns to Art to Express Anger at the Needless Death of 10,000 Men Each Year From Prostate CancerBy Loveyourprostate, PRNE
Monday, April 4, 2011
DOWNDERRY, England, April 5, 2011 - Doug Gray was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in January 2009 at
62. In three months he had three emergency appointments with different GPs
about severe lower back and pelvic pain.
Doug says "There is no doubt in my mind that if I had been given the
opportunity to have the PSA test aged 55, there was a high probability that
my cancer would have been identified early enough to be curable. Fortunately,
I told my brothers to get checked and one had an above normal PSA result.
Since then he has had 25 cycles of radiotherapy followed by Brachytherapy.
Hopefully, his diagnosis happened early enough for his treatment to be
Doug has leant so much since being told he is terminally ill and has put
all his efforts into campaigning and raising awareness. He painted his oil
painting to bring attention and help clarify myth vs. fact and invite debate.
His 'painting' postcard campaign has been launched online and you can
download the image and also email to friends. You simply click on
www.loveyourprostate.com and open 'farewell 10,000 men postcard'.
The painting shows the Secretary's of State for Health, 1997 - May 2010
under Labour, who were responsible for endorsing the UKNSC decision in 1997
not to screen for prostate cancer (left to right) Alan Milburn, John Reid,
Patricia Hewitt, Alan Johnson and Andy Burnam. They are all shown with sloped
shoulders as they ignored the opportunity to solve the problem, with their
backs on the 10,000 men that die each year.
The silhouetted figure is Andrew Lansley the new coalition Government's
Secretary of State for Health. He is shown as a silhouette because he has the
power to address the problem. The question is will the painting be updated to
show him with his back to the 10,000 men or looking at them recognising the
problem and doing something about it?
The men are shown as ghostly figures all looking the same to indicate
that as far as the government is concerned they are just numbers in a
financial equation; not men who have invested heavily in the state by siring
future generations, paying taxes, spending their money and creating wealth
for the nation. The flowers "Forget-me-nots" are used as a symbol to remember
those men who have died, and will continue to die unnecessarily.
"My message to the Department of Health is to accept that screening will
do more good than harm. Farewell 10,000 Men expresses my anger at the
needless death of 10,000 men each year from prostate cancer."
Note to Editors:
A picture accompanying this release is available through the PA
Photowire. It can be downloaded from www.pa-mediapoint.press.net or
viewed at www.mediapoint.press.net or www.prnewswire.co.uk.
Contact: doug.gray at btinternet.com, +44(0)7711-206662
Tags: April 5, Downderry, England, Loveyourprostate, United Kingdom