Men urged to open up on health issues

Blokes encourged to talk for Men's Health Week 2019

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OPEN UP: Men's Health Week is a good time to talk about it ... but you can do it any time. Find out more at menshealthweek.org.au

OPEN UP: Men's Health Week is a good time to talk about it ... but you can do it any time. Find out more at menshealthweek.org.au

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Get checked this Men's Health Week.

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MEN across the nation are being urged to talk about their health as part of Men's Health Week this month.

Backing the annual campaign - which encourages men of all ages to think about their wellbeing and health - is the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The charity urges all men to book an appointment and talk to their GP about their prostate health.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men.

Every year about 20,000 men are diagnosed with it and around 3500 die from it annually.

Men's Health Week from June 10-16 is an opportunity to host a free awareness talk for your workplace, organisation, or club.

Foundation ambassadors are trained community volunteers who give presentations on prostate cancer awareness, talk about their personal cancer experience and the importance of getting checked.

Check-ups vital

"Regular health check-ups are vital in beating the disease," said foundation chief executive Professor Jeff Dunn.

"Early detection is crucial in effectively fighting prostate cancer.

"Men over the age of 50 - or 40 if they have a family history of prostate cancer - need to talk with their GP about prostate health."

Professor Dunn also urged people to remind their loved ones and friends as well.

While around 95 per cent of people diagnosed with prostate cancer survive for at least five years, it is estimated to be the second most common cause of death from cancer in Australian men.

Pit stop

In South Australia, aged care provider Southern Cross Care is having a Men's Health Week Pit Stop.

A chance for men to check their engines, there will be a range of checks to steer blokes in the right direction with their health and wellbeing.

There will also be a display of antique care, live performances and a healthy lunch. Information will be available on skin screenings, nutrition, blood pressure monitoring and more.

At Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton on June 14, 11am-2pm.

Cost, $5, includes lunch. RSVP at sccpitstop.eventbrite.com.au or phone (08) 8179 6825

The event is sponsored by Cancer Council SA, the Continence Foundation of Australia, Sporting Car Club South Australia, and the Stroke Foundation.

For information on Prostate Foundation go to www.pcfa.org.au/getchecked or phone 1800-220-099.

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