Katie McGlynn shares heartache at losing grandad to prostate cancer

Katie McGlynn shares heartache at losing grandad to prostate cancer

June 9, 2022

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Former Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn has shared her devastation after her grandfather Denis, who was the driving force behind her career, died from prostate cancer.

The actress, who played Sinead Tinker on the cobbles, joined Lorraine Kelly on Thursday’s episode where she revealed her family member died just two weeks before she was given an audition for the ITV soap.

‘Sadly, I left Waterloo Road in September and I did a pantomime and he passed away just shortly before his 70th birthday in February,’ Katie revealed.

‘Not lying, two weeks after, I got the audition for Coronation Street, the very first audition that I had.

‘And then, seven years later, I had the opportunity to do a story on cancer and I was adamant I wanted to do the full story because it meant a lot to me.’

Katie admitted that if it wasn’t for her grandad, she likely wouldn’t be able to raise awareness of the disease on Lorraine’s show.

‘He was the driving force of my career,’ she said. ‘He took me to my drama classes every week.’

Prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis, the NHS says.

Speaking about Denis’s symptoms, Katie shared: ‘He had issues going to the toilet in the night and he just didn’t say anything.

‘He did have a lot of pain in his bones, so we thought it was arthritis, so we kept taking him to the doctor, and the doctor was adamant it was arthritis.’

There’s currently no screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK. This is because it has not been proved that the benefits would outweigh the risks.

‘I was shocked to hear it is the most common cancer that doesn’t have an effective screening cancer,’ Katie added.

‘We want to raise awareness about it, get men talking, get women talking and families and push these men to be aware of the risks and know their bodies so they can try and do something about it.’

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