About Steve Allen
I am a retired medical doctor; however, this does not mean that being a doctor, I looked after myself well. Indeed, far from it – I ignored my symptoms for nearly 2 years! I had major surgery for prostate cancer 14 years ago with very good result as far as the cancer is concerned but suffered with side effects from my treatment. I am a past Chairman of the Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group. I have been closely involved with Tackle for over 5 years. Through them I have become a patient representative with NICE, the National Prostate Cancer Audit and the Scottish Medicines Consortium amongst other national bodies. Life is never dull! I have also been involved in a small way with the Reading Lions Club who are heavily involved with organising Prostate Cancer Screening events. My continued contact with patients through talking to support groups and being an active member of the Tackle Patient Helpline has allowed me to gain great experience of the very wide spectrum that is prostate cancer. I intend to continue my passion to ensure all people whose lives have been affected by prostate cancer get the support they need and the treatment they deserve.