by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Prostate Cancer Ambassadors Malcolm Turner and Richard Harry from the Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group, both survivors of prostate cancer, came to Millicent to host two information sessions in the Civic and Arts Centre Millcient on Thursday 21st May. Both men have been trained to hold the Ambassador Information Days and now spend a large part of their time travelling through out the South East and holding meetings in Mt Gambier for men diagnosed with the cancer and those just wanting to know more about the condition.
Both sessions were attended by local men wanting to know more so that they can take precautions; find out about options if diagnosed and learn more about the cancer that is now more prevalent than breast cancer. Prostate cancer often shows no symptoms and is found by chance or more importantly by regular check ups with their GP.
The Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the first Thursday of the month at the District Council of Grant at 7-30pmand on the third Tuesday of the month they meet for an informal coffee at the Blue Lake Gold Course. These are free sessions and provide guest speakers to provide information and support for you and your family. Early detection is the key to successful treatment the Ambassadors said.
The vision of the group is to bring together men who have prostate cancer plus their wives/partners to give support based on their own experiences. They work to raise awareness of friends, neighbours and the community to the need for men to ask their doctor for a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) to help rule out the likelihood of having prostate cancer.
The Millicent event was hosted by 5THE FM and the feedback from those attending has been very positive with local men saying they learned about treatment options previously unknown to them and found it very helpful in practical ways.
If you would like further information about prostate cancer there are booklets available at 5THE FM or you can call Richard on 8724 9057 or Malcolm on 8737 2779