The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

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

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