Gilbert (Gilly) Morgan
Gilly Morgan wants to raise awareness of prostate cancer, especially in the Afro-Caribbean community
Since surviving his own brush with cancer, Gilbert Morgan has made it his life’s mission to raise awareness of the disease.
Gilbert – Gilly to his friends – was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 but was given the all-clear later that year after surgery.
‘When I was diagnosed I honestly thought I was going to die. I was lucky because they caught it early, but I’ve seen so many people who’ve not been so lucky because it’s been caught too late,’ he said.
One in four black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, compared to one in eight white men, and Gilly is determined to spread the prevention message among his male friends of all backgrounds.
A father of four, Gilly does a great deal of voluntary work and has strong links with BHA, a charity that campaigns for equality in health care, and with Can-survive UK, which provides culturally sensitive support for people living with cancer and their families.
He says he is prepared to ‘start the conversation’ about prevention whenever the opportunity arises, at work, in the gym or when socialising with friends. ‘We need to do something because there just isn’t enough awareness of prostate cancer in the Afro-Caribbean community. A lot of people just don’t want to talk about it because it’s a very sensitive subject, but I’ll continue to raise awareness for as long as I live,’ he said.