Former England captain Allan Lamb reveals prostate cancer diagnosis

Allan Lamb

Former England cricket captain Allan Lamb has revealed on Twitter he has been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

The South-African born batter urged people to get tested after being recently diagnosed himself.

Lamb made his Test debut for England in 1982 and went on to represent the country at three World Cups. He scored 4,656 runs in 79 Tests and enjoyed a 22-year first-class career from 1973 to 1995.

On Twitter, Lamb said: “I urge all men to go and get their PSA levels checked as prostate cancer so often goes undiagnosed.

“Having recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I have just completed a month of treatment.

“Put your egos aside-don’t be ignorant about your health.”

He has received support from the sporting world including Gary Lineker, who tweeted: “Sorry to read this, Lamby. Wish you a full and speedy recovery. Important message too.”

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm.

However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has the best chance for successful treatment.


Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages.

Prostate cancer that’s more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the semen
  • Bone pain
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Erectile dysfunction