Gabby Logan shares husband Kenny's ’emotional’ prostate cancer diagnosis story
Gabby Logan has shared the ‘emotional’ story of her husband Kenny Logan’s ‘shock’ diagnosis of prostate cancer in her podcast.
During the intimate episode the couple, who have been married for 21 years, chart the former professional rugby player’s journey through diagnosis and recovery.
Ex-Scotland international Logan, 50, said it was important to use the platform to make ‘men of a certain age’ aware of the risks and get the ‘simple’ check-up.
He had gone for his own checks after listening to his wife’s podcast, which deals with physical and mental health issues affecting middle-aged people, and was diagnosed with prostate cancer on February 8 of this year – later undergoing an operation to remove his prostate.
Speaking about the diagnosis on the The Mid.Point with Gabby Logan, Kenny said: ‘I think when somebody tells you’ve got cancer… you know that you’ve got a huge chance of getting it. But when somebody says it, it sort of just didn’t really sink in.
‘I just got a bit upset, and it was hard, it’s weird.’
He added: ‘That’s why I want to do this because people do need to… men tend to be a bit stubborn. “We’ll do it tomorrow. Next weekend.”
‘I didn’t realise and, you know, I lost a good friend this year through cancer, and he didn’t really do it quick enough.
‘So… at his funeral, I was thinking I’d gone and got tested and he didn’t and I wish he had. So it’s hard.’
Kenny was told that his cancer was contained in the prostate, but an operation was required to remove it.
The couple, who both competed on the 2007 series of Strictly Come Dancing, shared a follow up conversation, also featured on the podcast, shortly before he underwent the operation in which he revealed he had not yet told his 90-year-old mother about the diagnosis.
Asked how he was feeling at the time, the former rugby professional said he was ‘nervous and emotional’ because he’s been waiting a while for the procedure and felt like it was ‘never going to come’.
The couple also appeared on BBC Breakfast ahead of the episode’s release, in which 49-year-old Gabby admitted that it had been an emotional recording process, but said she wanted people to learn from it.
‘Because it’s my job I suppose I went into work-mode a bit… I tried to talk to Kenny in a way we could elicit information,’ she said.
‘I want people to listen to it and learn about it. I wanted to listen to this podcast on February 8 when Kenny was diagnosed and I want people to learn something from it.
‘[But] of course there is some emotion.’
She also praised her husband’s ‘brilliant’ consultant urologist, Declan Cahill, who she interviews extensively about the condition on the podcast.
Kenny said that despite receiving ‘a good kicking’ during surgery he was on the road to recovery, though he described the process as ‘demanding’.
‘I think the key thing is to be positive. You know, I’ve been lucky,’ he said on the podcast.
‘It’s a very simple process. So hopefully some people will go get tested off the back of this and hopefully save some people’s lives.’
He added: ‘Talk to your mates. Definitely talk to mates, be open. Don’t be scared to see how you feel.’
The couple have promised to share future updates on his recovery progress.
Laura Kerby, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, praised the Logans for sharing the diagnosis as high-profile figures.
‘We want to thank Kenny, and the Logan family, for sharing his diagnosis publicly and using this as a moment to increase awareness of the most common cancer in men,’ she said.
‘We at Prostate Cancer UK know first-hand the impact that a public figure speaking out like this can make.’
It comes following the death of former BBC Breakfast presenter, and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador, Bill Turnbull.
Turnbull’s campaigning led to prostate cancer becoming the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK for the first time in 2020, which Ms Kerby said has ‘undoubtedly saved thousands of lives’.
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