September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

It’s been a long time between posts, but this is an important month – Prostate Cancer Awareness month, in case you hadn’t noticed.

Question – when was the last time you visited your GP for a check-up?

You need check-ups routinely to keep track of your health.  The one I’m asking you to remember most of all this month is your PSA levels (prostate specific antigen).  Any rise in PSA levels may indicate changes in your prostate gland (not necessarily cancer).

So, do you have the balls to get your prostate checked?

As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness month, the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron in Beach Road, Beaumaris, is holding a Big Aussie BBQ.

From breakfast to brunch on Saturday 17th September, they will be providing food, coffee, raffles (with great prizes) and a stunning view of the Bay.

Starting at 8am and running until noon, the funds raised will be given to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).  Gold coin entry will get you in the door.

Alan White and Ross Popplewell at Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron for Prostate Awareness Month 2016
Alan White and Ross Popplewell, Commodore of Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron

I will be there in my capacity as a volunteer Men’s Health Peer Educator, representing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. There will be free men’s health showbag packs to take away, with information supplied by:

So, if you are in the Bayside area this coming Saturday morning, bring the family along to enjoy the view, the food, the free men’s health information, and a good chat about health or anything else that comes to mind.

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Prostate cancer chat

Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it

I recently came across a fantastic video by Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United awareness movement.  Once I stopped laughing, I knew I needed to share it.  It turns the old awkward parental chat about sex on its head.  The message is clear, so enjoy.

 

 

 

Diagram showing MRI-guided biopsy of the Prostate

New Prostate Cancer Treatment Possibilities

Technology is certainly moving quickly concerning prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Biopsies can now be made more accurate by utilising specific MRI scanning and ultrasound together to target the cancer cells.  I’m sure you are familiar with the old “shotgun approach” where multiple needles are inserted and you just hope that one of them hits the target.  With this new approach, there is far greater accuracy with a more defined biopsy result.

For a proper description of this and other ground-breaking techniques, I suggest you have a look at Professor Phillip Stricker’s website.  Professor Stricker has been pioneering therapies such as the NanoKnife, the use of high-frequency electrical current, and Focal Therapy, where ultrasound is used.  These therapies can lead to fewer side-effects, particular in the area of erectile dysfunction and incontinence – neither of which men want to deal with!

It is important to remember that not all men with prostate cancer will be suitable candidates for any of the above treatments.  Each man will need to discuss with his specialist the range of possible treatments available for his specific set of circumstances.  If a man is uncertain or in doubt, I believe that it is always wise to consider a second opinion.  Your health is your responsibility.

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