Rocker’s deathbed vow a life­saver

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

New Zealand’s prostate aware­ness cam­paign is based on Rose Tat­too Aus­tralian rock group mem­ber An­gry An­der­son’s urg­ing of au­di­ences at ev­ery show to get checked for prostate can­cer.

One of the band mem­bers died of the can­cer, and the story goes that on his deathbed he had An­gry An­der­son swear he would give men a rev-up at ev­ery show.

Buck Shelford says he de­cided to stick with prostate can­cer for a New Zealand cam­paign be­cause many men need not die from it if they have reg­u­lar check-ups.

There’s an­other rea­son. Twice as many Maori men die of prostate can­cer than Pakeha, usu­ally be­cause they leave it too late to get ef­fec­tive treat­ment.

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