9 November 2007

Prostate Cancer

Why am I so passionate about this?

Well, did you know that each year in Australia, close to 3000 men die of prostate cancer - equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. One in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Early, curable prostate cancer may not have symptoms. While younger men are less likely to be diagnosed with it, they are more likely to die prematurely from it.

Around 18,700 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.
Last year my Dad was one of those diagnosed, but by the time it was discovered, the cancer was already in his bones. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and is doing OK, but if it had been diagnosed earlier, treatment might have prevented it reaching his bones.

So encourage all the men over 45 in your life, to get their little prick!
(For overseas readers: in Australia, the campaign for PSA testing uses the slogan "get a little prick".)
What does the little prick do?
It is simply a blood test to show the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels in the blood. Levels that are too high are an early indicator of prostate cancer. Having a DRE (digital reactal examination) is not enough!

We all know what men are like when it comes to their health, so it's up to us females to encourage/drag/insist/push/decline sex/go on strike/etc until our men get tested. They owe it to their families.
And if they're wimps, point out that we women have to put up with worse for our Pap tests and mammograms.
By the way, when was your last Pap Test or Mammogram?


  1. Lindi, this work is very good, thank you.
    Have a good weekend

  2. I see you have been looking out the Christmas decorations.hohoho
    38 more sleeps