"MAN up and live."
Cancer survivor Peter Peirano wants men to get over their big egos and get regular check-ups for prostate cancer.
Peter is one of the survivors of the disease, after it was found during a routine check-up with his doctor.
"I had no symptoms, it's a silent killer," the 61-year-old said. "It's hugely important that men have the blood test and man up and have the rectal analysis."
Peter Peirano, of Piranha Insurance Brokers, has now been clear of cancer for 12 months.
"I caught it in the early stages and I was fortunate," he said.
Being diagnosed with the disease wasn't even the most frightening part of his ordeal.
The Rockhampton man said that a surgeon told him that he was too overweight to operate, and there might be a chance of his dying on the table. He was shattered at the news.
But that news made him turn his life around, dropping 16kg in the six weeks before surgery.
"I had made the appointment for the operation and had to lose the weight," Peter said.
"But when you go under anesthetic you do think of dying. But I woke up.
"I almost felt guilty that I was alive and others don't get this opportunity. I know I'm lucky."
Peter and his wife Heather have five children and 10 grandchildren.
All he wants to do is stay healthy and see them all grow up.
"Men expect their wives to have pap smears and mammograms; so just man up and get your prostate tested," Peter said.
"Most of the time it's curable if you get it early."
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