That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation receives no government funding and we rely on the generosity of people to help us support men and their families who are going through the journey and spread the message for men to get regular checks.
My dad died at 55 of cancer, so I’m letting men know that they need to look after themselves. It’s about getting the message out there that it’s okay to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills around 600 men in New Zealand every year. Thousands more are diagnosed – many of them far too late. By going and getting a check-up from the age of 40, you are not only taking responsibility for your own health, you are also ensuring we have communities with more dads, sons, brothers and grandfathers.
If you are a man 40+ and you haven't been to the doctor for a check up, I encourage you to do so.