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The Witcher fans rally in support as Geralt actor confirms prostate cancer diagnosis

The Witcher fans rally in support as Geralt actor confirms prostate cancer diagnosis

The Witcher fans rally in support of the Geralt actor confirming a prostate cancer diagnosis.

The Witcher fans have rallied in support of beloved video game industry figure Doug Cockle, after The Witcher actor confirmed his prostate cancer diagnosis on social media.

For many video game enthusiasts, the voice of Geralt of Rivia from CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher series is instantly recognisable. Much like Mark Hammill's The Joker, it doesn't matter how much of a wonderful job that any live-action actor would perform, for his legion of fans, Doug Cockle is Geralt.

Sadly, on 6 June 2023, Doug Cockle announced on his personal Twitter account that he has prostate cancer.

According to Cancer Research: “Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland. The prostate gland is found at the base of the bladder and is about the size of a walnut.

It is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Some trans women and non-binary people (who are born male) can also get prostate cancer.”

Some common symptoms of Prostate Cancer include trouble urinating, experiencing pain when urinating, and general feelings of discomfort surrounding the affected area. Thankfully, like many other forms of cancer, if identified and treated early, prostate cancer can be cured.

“I had no idea. Random check and Boom… I have full-blown prostate cancer. Treatment is ongoing but looking good so far. Men over 50… get a PSA test… just in case,” tweeted Cockle.

As you might expect, social media was rallying in support of the popular actor. “Stay strong Doug. You got this x,” said co-founder and CEO of the mental health charity, Safe in Our World.

“Sending our best wishes! We know you can beat this, Witcher!” replied the official account of the video game series.

Furthermore, fans on Reddit also declared their support for the voice actor. “Let Cancer taste that silver, Doug, and good luck,” said The_john_wick. “F**K CANCER. Go get 'em Geralt,” added a definite cpsam123.

“My brother was just diagnosed with stage 4. He is 42. More and more doctors are telling people to get it earlier. Get it done in the late 30s. And then every few years after,” pleaded WaffleMints.

In the UK alone, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime and more commonly affects men over 50, especially if there’s a family history of the disease. However, it’s certainly not exclusive to that criteria. So as uncomfortable as it may be, it's important to get your doctor to check your never-regions if you have concerns. What's more, it's also vital to check your nuts for testicular cancer, and it's quick and easy to self-examine for any lumps.

Even if you feel you’re showing no signs of prostate cancer, it’s vital to have a check at home every now and again, whether it’s in the bath, shower or simply while getting changed. Having a quick check should only last less than a minute and that brief moment could end up saving your life.

For further information on prostate cancer, including how to spot the signs, visit What’s more, you can even take a quick 30-second survey to help you identify your risk. Check your nuts and bum to stay safe.

Featured Image Credit: Doug Cockle (Gamereactor) via Twitter/CDPR

Topics: Real Life, The Witcher