The Chronicle

TACKLING CANCER THREAT

- KYLIE LANG

FORMER Queensland maroon David Shillingto­n knows he could be a ticking time bomb, with five family members diagnosed with the same cancer.

Mr Shillingto­n, a prop with the Gold Coast Titans until his retirement in 2017, said prostate cancer was “more common than you think”, and he would be getting tested regularly for the disease which kills nine men a day.

The 38-year-old Camp Hill father of two, who also played for Australia, said five close relatives had battled it.

“Early detection means you can have a really good outcome so it’s important to not avoid a checkup,” he said. “My Dad had a scare last year but secondary tests cleared him, but knowing five other men in our family have had it gave us a fair fright.”

He said he would be following his two older brothers and getting a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test when he turned 40.

“It’s not invasive and results are reliable,” said Mr Shillingto­n.

Every year, around 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 3000 will die from it.

 ?? Picture: Richard Walker ?? Former NRL star David Shillingto­n.
Picture: Richard Walker Former NRL star David Shillingto­n.

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