Chairperson: Ross Dow introduced guest speakers; Bill Rebula PCFA trained Ambassador for Prostate Support Groups, Bruce Kinnersley Founding Member of Support Groups, and Roger Northam member for the area.
Roger began with a PowerPoint slide show stressing the importance of awareness, because prostate cancer can be cured if found in time. He discussed signs, symptoms, a range of medical tests and treatments, saying there may be no obvious symptoms and so medical checks are vital on a regular basis. 20,000 new cases are diagnosed annually,
with 3,300 deaths - more than for breast cancer. Risk factors include gender, age, family history, lifestyle, ethnicity (higher in black African males as they absorb less Vitamin D from sunlight), rural living, specific groups (Vietnam Veterans have higher incidence than other demographic groups).
 
Chairperson: Ross Dow introduced guest speakers; Bill Rebula PCFA trained Ambassador
for Prostate Support Groups, Bruce Kinnersley Founding Member of Support Groups,
Roger Northam member for the area.

Roger began with a PowerPoint slide show stressing the importance of awareness,
because prostate cancer can be cured if found in time. He discussed signs, symptoms, a
range of medical tests and treatments, saying there may be no obvious symptoms and
so medical checks are vital on a regular basis. 20,000 new cases are diagnosed annually,
with 3,300 deaths - more than for breast cancer. Risk factors include gender, age, family
history, lifestyle, ethnicity (higher in black African males as they absorb less Vitamin D
from sunlight), rural living, specific groups (Vietnam Veterans have higher incidence
than other demographic groups).

Bruce said he had quite a history of cancers in his family and so when he was diagnosed
in 2003 he started the support groups. These are informal but informative groups,
women are also welcome as they play a support role. Bruce’s phone: 03 52783240,
kinnersley@bigpond.com

Roger shared his story and personal feelings about finding he had prostate cancer. He
said the support of others who understand is invaluable and to go to meetings to find
out more 1st hand – an operation may not be necessary. He approached his problem in
a very positive way saying it’s his body and he wanted to enjoy life with his family while

he could. He and his wife took the whole family to Disney Land for a fun-filled holiday,

enjoying the kiddies excitement while using his hard-earned Super. Roger also spoke of
the recovery phase; physical exercise, psychological problems, incontinence, erectile
disfunction and the importance of pelvic floor exercises. Regular activity, a balanced
diet, Vitamin D intake, support groups, doctors and TALKING ABOUT YOUR HEALTH
WITH MATES AND PARTNERS are all essential to one’s well-being.

Chairman Ross thanked the speakers for an extremely informative talk and called for
questions. He praised the invaluable insight we gained by 1st hand information from members
of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia www.prostate.org.au ,and Geelong & Bellarine
Prostate Support Groups. Also check website www.beyondblue.com 

 
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