Rocker’s deathbed vow a lifesaver
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.