Peter Moffat, writer of the BBC hit drama Silk, speaks out about his father’s diagnosis and death from prostate cancer

  • 20 June 2012

On Wednesday 20th June Billy Lamb from BBC 1's prime time drama Silk was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Writer of the series, Peter Moffat, has spoken of when prostate cancer touched his family and why he feels it is so important to raise awareness of the disease. 

On Wednesday 20th June Billy Lamb from BBC 1's prime time drama Silk was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Writer of the series, Peter Moffat, has spoken of when prostate cancer touched his family and why he feels it is so important to raise awareness of the disease. 

Peter said: "When I found out my Dad had prostate cancer I was mentally in shock. I couldn't take it in and, like many men, I knew nothing about it. I didn't know who to turn to so I called The Prostate Cancer Charity's helpline which was one of the best things I did. The nurses had the time to talk to me, and they really, really helped me and my family get through. 

"Unfortunately my father passed away after a long battle with the disease, but as a result of this entire experience I felt compelled to include this issue in my writing. It is so important to raise awareness of this, the most common cancer in men, so that hopefully in the future fewer men like my father lose their life to the disease."