PREVENTING PROSTATE CANCER
Having spent three days helping man the Manawatu Prostate Cancer Support Group booth during the recent Feilding Field Days, it was interesting to see a small increase in the number of men taking a more responsible attitude to their health by having an annual examination for Prostate Cancer.
Unfortunately, there are still a number of men who take an irresponsible attitude and just don’t want to know. Some of these men are under the false impression that they can self diagnose the presence of prostate cancer in their body!
These same men are probably afraid of having a simple blood test and possibly a digital rectal examination.
The facts are: On average, 12 men die each week here in New Zealand, as a direct result of prostate cancer. It is confidently predicted that, if every man over the age of 40 in New Zealand was checked on an annual basis, that figure of 12 would be reduced to three or four.
Men should make a decision to see their doctor on an annual basis; it is preferable to having to utilise the services of an undertaker.
Dennis Dickinson Palmerston North