Most people ignore it until it touches them or someone around them…
During this month of Movember, the team at PrimeAdvisory are taking on the challenge to raise awareness and support for prostate cancer. In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.
This challenge is one that is close to our hearts, as our team member Mark Greenwood was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year after a simple blood test. 16 months later after surgery, and a period of recovery the signs look good for Mark with all test results showing “clear”.
Sharing his experience, Mark exclaims, “I want to promote awareness of this insidious disease, it’s one of those things that is not dramatic but will slowly kill you. I understand that most people ignore it until it touches them or someone around them.”
When reflecting how this experience has changed Mark’s outlook on life he says, “Everything like this does change you in some way or another. There are so many things going on in the world and we are all busy, that it’s easy to ignore these things until maybe it’s too late. I understand that a lot of guys my age do not even think about it. My best mate even asked me how I found out I had it, and he is over 50 and never had a PSA test. Every male should be having this test over the age of 45.”
So how do you know if you have prostate cancer and are you at risk?
Your risk of developing prostate cancer develops from the age of 45-50 you should really begin having a simple routine PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test, coinciding with regular check-ups with your GP. Mark suggest, “You should see your GP annually and just get the test done. It’s a simple blood test, but you also need to create a history of readings to establish a base line.”
Early detection is key! If detected early you have a 98% chance of survival beyond 5 years however if detected late you have a 26% chance of survival beyond 5 years.
To help raise awareness for this important cause, we are looking to raise $16,000 for the 16 months Mark has been clear! That’s why we need you to get involved and help us by generously donating much needed funds to fight this disease.
We are calling this our 16/16 Challenge!