I first noticed that I had a possible prostate problem about 16 years ago. I was in pain and had difficulties passing urine. I put up with this pain for a number of years and it was not getting any better.
I was having a haircut one day when I noticed on the wall a notice about a Parkes Prostate Cancer Awareness and Support Group meeting. I sat outside the meeting place for three meeting evenings, trying to get to courage to go in.
On the third evening I did go in. I was made very welcome and all my fears were put at ease. The procedures and my options were explained and I was given appropriate material to read. I was told that what decision I made, was mine to make, in consultation with my doctor.
My doctor advised me to have a PSA (Prostate-Specific-Antigen) blood test. The reading was high and I was referred to a urologist. I ended up in hospital where I had the cancerous growths of the gland removed. Apart from a little discomfort due to leakage, I never regretted my visit to that meeting with the Prostate Cancer Group.
I thank them sincerely for their advice and support and urge others on the same journey to seek their support and if you are experiencing prostate problems, visit your doctor. It may save your life’.