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FOUR years since Michael Hagan was diagnosed with prostate cancer the Knights legend and his wife Sue have spoken about life after the disease.
Hagan, who lost his father Tom to prostate cancer, was diagnosed in the early stages of the disease in June 2009 at age 44.
It was caught well in time and Hagan underwent internal radiation therapy, which left him unwell for some months.
Hagan still undergoes blood tests every six months.
At his next check in October he is hoping doctors will tell him he can now leave it longer between visits.
‘‘The results so far have been fairly positive,’’ he said.
‘‘The treatment I had it’s probably less invasive and it hasn’t stopped me from leading an active life.’’
Hagan said he always knew he would get the disease because his two older brothers Bob and Max were both diagnosed in their sixties.
He was surprised at the age at which he was diagnosed.
Prostate cancer does not dominate this thoughts these days and he only thinks about it when he’s due for a check.
‘‘I’ve always exercised because of sport but I’m probably a bit more health conscious,’’ he said.
‘‘My outlook has been fairly positive and optimistic all the way.
‘‘You probably reassess a bit of your work-life balance.’’
Hagan is an ambassador for the Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance and is passionate about encouraging men in their 40’s and 50’s to get checked.
‘‘Some men are still, for whatever reason, a bit reluctant to go and get checked.
‘‘I was picked up at the earliest stage because I was quite diligent.
‘‘There’s no excuse for not getting it done.’’
His message to men who get diagnosed is to get informed.
‘‘Talk to the right type of specialists about different options and support that’s available.’’
During prostate cancer awareness month the Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance also wants to draw attention to role of women in caring for men with the disease.
Hagan’s wife Sue said she did play an organisational role in managing Hagan’s illness.
‘‘We always knew that he would get it,’’ she said.
‘‘I was probably shocked it was at that age.’’
‘‘I just clicked into ‘we’ve got it, what do we do, let’s research every option.’’
She also took on the lion’s share of home and caring duties while he was unwell.
Michael and Sue Hagen.
‘‘Being a footballer’s wife for so long I had already been doing all of that.’’
Check-ups do pose a constant reminder for the couple but they don’t let it get them down.
‘‘We were very lucky we got it very early,’’ she said.
‘‘It makes you realise life is short. Do the best, drink the good wine and use the good cutlery.’’