Kenny Logan at Cheltenham Festival in first public appearance
Kenny Logan steps out at Cheltenham Festival in his first public appearance since revealing all clear from prostate cancer as he joins Zara Tindall at Ladies Day
- Kenny Logan has been seen out-and-about for first time since sharing all-clear
- Former Scottish Rugby player was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in 2022
- READ MORE: Kenny Logan opens up on his sex life with wife Gabby
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Kenny Logan has been spotted out-and-about for the first time since he revealed he was given the all clear from prostate cancer.
The former Scottish rugby union player, 50, joined Zara Tindall on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival today.
He was diagnosed with with prostate cancer in February 2022 after his TV presenter wife Gabby, 49, urged him to go to the doctors.
While speaking out about life after treatment, this is believed to be the first time that Kenny has been photographed out in public.
Battling the rain, the former Rugby international player was pictured in a large waterproof charcoal grey coat over the top of a white shirt and matching burgundy knit sweater and tie.
Kenny Logan has been spotted out-and-about for the first time since he revealed he was given the all clear from prostate cancer. He was seen at Cheltenham Festival with Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
He was seen in animated conversation with Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, who looked a vision in teal for Ladies Day at the horse racing event.
The pair were pictured talking with other attendees as they watched the races and socialised.
Today Cheltenham Festival celebrates Ladies’ Day, where elegant racegoers have arrived in all their finery and dressed to impress, despite the event scrapping its strict dress code for the first time in its 200 year history.
The historic society event, which dates back to the early 19th century, has unveiled a new ‘inclusive’ dress code this year, which organisers hope will make spectators feel ‘confident and at-ease’ for their visit.
Kenny has now received the all-clear from cancer and has since been open about the effects of his treatment.
He got extremely candid about the after-effects of treatment, saying they left him ‘black and blue downstairs’.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: ‘Whether it be my dyslexia, my relationship, IVF, we’ve always been quite open. So, I was quite happy to talk about erectile dysfunction and all these other things because I was like, “It is a symptom”.’
The 50-year-old was diagnosed with with prostate cancer in February 2022 after his wife Gabby , 49, urged him to go to the doctors. He made his first appearance today and was seen speaking with Zara and other festival attendees
Kenny is pictured here with his arm around the daughter of Princess Anne as they engage in animated conversation with other festival goers on day two of Cheltenham Festival
Kenny went on: ‘From a sexual point of view, it’s not consistent. As the surgeon said to me, this could take 18 months. Within a month, I was getting movement, where he says, “That’s amazing”. So it’s just not as consistent. The beauty is you can take a tablet and it changes things.’
Kenny and presenter Gabby have been married for over 20 years and share two children together. He explained that his brave honesty was motivated by his desire to help other people.
Reiterating the need for all men his age to get checked, he said: ‘If I can help one person, that’d be great. But I’ve probably helped a lot of people with the coverage it had.’
It comes after Kenny appeared on BBC Breakfast in September with his wife and said he had no symptoms and ‘had to go looking for it’ in a stark warning about how insidious prostate cancer can be.
‘I literally fell over,’ he said of the February 7 diagnosis. ‘I didn’t see it coming. No symptoms whatsoever… It’s hard.
‘I found I had prostate cancer by accident. If you have symptoms it might be too late. Guys go get tested, simple and could save your life.’
The couple, who have been married 21 years, said Logan was ‘extremely lucky’ they caught it early, which afforded him options regarding treatment.
Battling the rain, the former Rugby international player was pictured in a large waterproof charcoal grey coat over the top of a white shirt and matching burgundy knit sweater and tie
While speaking out about life after treatment, this is thought to be the first time that Kenny has been seen out in public
Kenny was inspired to go for a general check up after hearing guests on his wife’s podcast discuss having their hormones tested. And when he did his results showed a high level of PSA – prostate-specific antigen.
‘I got checked and very quickly, within three to four months, I had a biopsy and they said there was something there but they’d keep an eye on it,’ he said.
He said what stood out the most from that appointment was the specialist telling him ’40 per cent of [his] mates have got this [high PSA levels] but don’t know’. It doesn’t always lead to cancer and many men go their entire lives not knowing.
So when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer a short time later, Logan recalled it being ‘a huge shock’.
He made the decision to remove the prostate entirely, revealing in September: ‘I’m probably about 90 per cent back to normal.’
Gabby also spoke about his tough journey back to good health, noting her husband appeared entirely fine right up until the day of the operation.
‘He did a bike session, he had no pain, no symptoms and to go in and have… a really invasive surgery, it obviously takes a long time to recover from,’ she said. ‘You’re going to feel a lot worse off after it… but [we’re] very, very, very lucky.’
WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER?
How many people does it kill?
More than 11,800 men a year – or one every 45 minutes – are killed by the disease in Britain, compared with about 11,400 women dying of breast cancer.
It means prostate cancer is behind only lung and bowel in terms of how many people it kills in Britain.
In the US, the disease kills 26,000 men each year.
Despite this, it receives less than half the research funding of breast cancer and treatments for the disease are trailing at least a decade behind.
How many men are diagnosed annually?
Every year, upwards of 52,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK – more than 140 every day.
How quickly does it develop?
Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs someone has it for many years, according to the NHS.
If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ may be adopted.
Some patients can be cured if the disease is treated in the early stages.
But if it is diagnosed at a later stage, when it has spread, then it becomes terminal and treatment revolves around relieving symptoms.
Thousands of men are put off seeking a diagnosis because of the known side effects from treatment, including erectile dysfunction.
Tests and treatment
Tests for prostate cancer are haphazard, with accurate tools only just beginning to emerge.
There is no national prostate screening programme as for years the tests have been too inaccurate.
Doctors struggle to distinguish between aggressive and less serious tumours, making it hard to decide on treatment.
Men over 50 are eligible for a ‘PSA’ blood test which gives doctors a rough idea of whether a patient is at risk.
But it is unreliable. Patients who get a positive result are usually given a biopsy which is also not fool-proof.
Scientists are unsure as to what causes prostate cancer, but age, obesity and a lack of exercise are known risks.
Anyone with any concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org
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