Blokes should man up and get prostate check

Jim Wood of South Grafton knows first-hand the effects of prostate cancer.
Jim Wood of South Grafton knows first-hand the effects of prostate cancer. Debrah Novak

MEN need to get a brain and think about their families and not themselves when it comes to getting tested for prostate cancer.

Founding member of the Clarence Valley Prostate Cancer Group Jim Wood had a frank chat with The Daily Examiner about the number of men who still don't get checked out.

"I had one man say to me he didn't want to go and get a finger up his arse," Mr Wood said.

"I said, listen mate, if you get it you will have a lot worse things than a finger up your arse."

Mr Wood was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994.

He received external beam radiotherapy treatment and has tried a meat-free diet and natural medication.

It will never go away but the impact of the actual prostate cancer hasn't stopped him living a full life.

"I played tennis up until I was 80 and I'm 81 now," Mr Wood said.

Grafton Rotary approached Mr Wood, Malcolm Eggins and John Stacey to start the Clarence Valley Prostate Cancer Group in 2002.

Rotarians Doug Barnier, Geoff Shepherd and Ian Steele provided financial and leadership help, with Mr Steele acting as chairman for three years.

For years he gave talks at various events as did longstanding member and past president Mr Eggins, who died on June 12.

Mr Wood and the group paid tribute to Mr Eggins and said his support would "never be forgotten".

The group started with just six members but Mr Wood said the average attendance over nine years was about 30. Men go along to support each other and learn from each other, but it's not just for the blokes.

"It's the same thing as a lady with breast cancer," Mr Wood said. "It affects the whole family.

"We had a 12-year-old girl come to about six of our meetings with her father.

Topics:  men's health prostate cancer

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