Take charge of your health

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - Re­gional editor

THERE are some pretty im­pres­sive mous­taches ap­pear­ing around the team over the last few days – see our story on page 22.

I have to con­fess that I’m not one of those who have phys­i­cally taken part in Movem­ber this year, the an­nual fund-raiser to highlight and raise funds for men’s health is­sues, such as prostate cancer, tes­tic­u­lar cancer, and men’s sui­cide.

But what I can do is keep get­ting the mes­sage out there that us blokes have to keep talk­ing about this stuff, and stop sweep­ing these is­sues un­der the car­pet.

It’s not ‘manly’ to ig­nore the signs and think you can just sol­dier on be­cause that’s what real blokes do.

That’s rub­bish – a real man is one who takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for his health and thinks of how his in­ac­tion im­pacts on all those around him.

The sta­tis­tics say we are fall­ing woe­fully short of ful­fill­ing those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It is es­ti­mated 16,665 new cases of prostate cancer will be di­ag­nosed by the end of this year in Aus­tralia, for 3452 of those men, it will prove fa­tal.

But if you catch this dis­ease early, your chances of sur­viv­ing are al­most 100%.

Find it late, and those sur­vival rates drop be­low 26%. So, if you’re 50 or over, or you have a fam­ily history of prostate cancer, please get your­self checked out now.

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