Battling cancer: Hugh Masekela encourages men to get checked

The legendary jazz musician has received treatment since 2008 when doctors discovered a small 'speck' on his bladder.

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela has urged all men to get tested for prostate cancer as he continues to battle the disease.

Masekela received treatment since 2008 when doctors discovered a small “speck” on his bladder.

While the treatment appeared to be successful, he had to undergo surgery in March 2016 as the cancer had spread.

“I urge all men to have regular tests to check your own condition. Ask questions, demand answers and learn everything you can about this cancer, and tell others to do the same.”

Another tumour was discovered this year.

“In April 2017, while in Morocco, I fell and sprained my shoulder. I began to feel an imbalance when I was walking and my left eye was troubling me.

“Another tumour was discovered and subsequently, in September 2017, I had emergency treatment, and the tumour was neutralised,” he said in his statement.

The jazz musician has cancelled future commitments, adding he’ll need all his energy to continue the fight against prostate cancer.

“It is a tough battle but I am greatly encouraged by the good wishes of family, friends and everyone who has supported my musical journey, which remains the greatest source of my inspiration.”

Masekela says he is in a “good space” but won’t release any other statements. He has asked for privacy in order to rest and heal.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, with 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide in 2012, according to the World Health Organisation.

Lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver cancer are the most common types of cancer in men, while breast, colorectal, lung, cervix and stomach cancer are the most common among women.