Gents, This Message Is For You: “Get Checked”

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Okay fellas. What we’re looking at here is a “good news, bad news” type scenario.

Whilst approximately 95 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive for at least 5 years, around 3,500 Aussie men still die of prostate cancer annually.

Prostate cancer is estimated to be the 2nd most common cause of death from cancer in Australian men.

But the key takeaway here is that if prostate cancer is diagnosed early, your chances of getting cured are much higher.

Which is why we are pushing the simple message “Get Checked” during International Men’s Health Week this week.

Do yourself and your family a favour this week and talk to your doctor about your prostate.

Here’s some more good news. You probably won’t have to go through the dreaded “digital rectal examination,” which is a health speak for, well, you know.

A finger exam is no longer the recommended first line test for prostate cancer! Sweet. (It’s more likely it’ll be a simple blood test.)

While we’re talking truth and busting myths, here’s another one: only old blokes get prostate cancer.

Wrong. While age and risk of developing prostate cancer are related, there are other factors like genetics, family history, diet and lifestyle.

If you are a man over 50 (or 40 with a family history of prostate cancer) talk to your doctor about your prostate health.

Get yourself checked.

If you’d like to know more about the prostate, and prostate cancer, visit www.prostate.org.au/get-checked/

Better yet, ask your doctor.