Take charge of your health
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.