Prostate cancer has become the most common cause of death among men in Australia. The statistics do not lie. In excess of 25,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and nine die each day, but 230,000 men are alive today after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Early detection is vital for the preservation of life for any form of cancer. It can disclose whether the prostate is enlarged or cancerous. Experiencing difficulties while urinating is among the most common indicators. These difficulties include a burning sensation, stopping and starting due the enlargement, frequency, particularly at night, or blood in the urine.
These may not necessarily indicate that the prostate is cancerous. Prostate cancer can be a silent killer and you may not recognise any of these symptoms. Since it’s so important for men to make sure that they do not become a statistic they should talk to their doctor. All men, at the age of 50, should have the matter investigated. Any man, at the age of forty, who has a family history of cancer must talk to their doctor.
Many men are reluctant to have a medical check, due to a possible invasive physical examination. While this may be necessary, there are now alternative methods of detection. Failure to have that visit to your doctor may be deadly!
Awareness is essential for survival and support to prostate cancer travellers is helpful. The Parkes Prostate Cancer Awareness and Support Group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at Parkes Neighbourhood Central at 7pm. Why not come and support us, support you? Contact Michael on 0408 975 643.