Stephen Fry has received warm wishes from fans across the world after he announced he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer and pleaded for "men of a certain age" to get themselves tested. Jamie Bowman speaks to a Welsh charity leading the fight against a cancer which has become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

STEPHEN Fry has urged "men of a certain age" to get themselves checked for prostate cancer as he revealed he recently underwent surgery for the disease.

The TV presenter, 60, had his prostate removed in January after being diagnosed in December, and he said that "it all seemed to go pretty well".

Fry shared the news in a video posted on his Twitter page, alongside which he wrote: "For the last 2 months I've been in the throes of a rather unwelcome and unexpected adventure.

"I'm sorry I haven't felt able to talk about it till now, but here I am explaining what has been going on."

He said it was "all very personal and undignified so I might as well bite the bullet", before explaining that he had seen his doctor in December in order to get a flu jab, but that it was discovered that he had cancer.

He said: "They took the prostate out, they took 11 lymph nodes out, the various bits that were taken out were examined and it turned out I had a Gleason Score of nine after considering 10 is the maximum, it was clearly an aggressive little bugger."

Fry, who pulled out of presenting the Bafta Film Awards this year after more than a decade, said that he wanted to keep out of the public eye "because you want to get better without strangers sending you cards and letters".

He paid tribute to his family and his "divine and darling" husband Elliott Spencer, who he said "were just marvellous, and those few friends who have known have been very discreet and kind about it".

The former QI host said that "as far as we know it's all been got" and that he is "fit and well and happy" at the moment.

He continued: "It wasn't a fight, I just submitted and let the surgeon (get on with it).

"I generally felt my life was saved by this early intervention, so I would urge any of you men of a certain age to get your PSA levels checked."

He said he is "fortunate" to have caught the disease, and added: "Here's hoping I can get another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that is a marvellous thing to be able to say, and I would rather it didn't go away."

In Wales, prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 Welsh men and the risk increases to 1 in 3 if there is a family history of the disease, something Prostate Cymru, the leading prostate health charity in Wales, is keen to publicise.

"We are mainly a voluntary group dedicated to fighting prostate cancer, procuring equipment and raising awareness here in the Welsh Principality," explained Tina Tew, chief executive at Prostate Cymru.

Founded in 2003, the charity has grown from strength to strength over the last decade and with no national or government funding it relies on the kindness and generosity of its fundraisers and volunteers to fulfil its core aims.

"On the recent announcement of Stephen Fry’s surgery for prostate cancer, we would like to wish him well in his recovery and we are glad that he has received great support during this difficult time," said Tina.

"We understand how important it is to have the professional support after being diagnosed with and receiving treatment for prostate cancer, and it is admirable that he’s spoken out about his experiences.

"The more celebrities and people share their experiences, backed by charities like Prostate Cymru, the more awareness will be raised for a cancer that is unfortunately the most common cancer diagnosed in men. It is the second biggest cancer killer in UK men after lung cancer and it was recently announced that prostate cancer has become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

"Prostate Cymru strives to raise awareness and promote understanding of prostate cancer and related illnesses, to encourage more people to get checked as early as possible, leading to earlier diagnoses and more lives being saved. Right here in Wales, Prostate Cymru also funds both the latest medical equipment and the training of healthcare professionals, to help in the fight against prostate cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK also thanked Fry for "speaking about his personal experience", because "awareness like this is so important".

Angela Culhane, chief executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. There are over 47,000 men in the UK who, like Stephen Fry, are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

"However, despite the numbers it's a disease that, due to its nature, is often swept under the carpet.

"We salute Stephen for his courage in speaking out about his personal experience and wish him all the very best for his recovery.

"As Stephen says, one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, and it's now the third biggest cancer killer.

"But if it is caught early, it can more often than not be treated successfully, which is why awareness like this is so important.

"It is crucial for every man to acknowledge the threat that prostate cancer can pose to his life.

"Some men in particular face a higher than average risk and so if you are over 50, black, or have a family history of prostate cancer, it's important that you speak to your GP about the disease.

"Anyone with any concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK's specialist nurses on 0800 084 8383 or visit"