Your local prostate cancer support group is the place you can turn to

A problem shared is a problem halved, and if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Forster-Tuncurry prostate cancer support group is where you can turn for support.

They are a small band of blokes who meet to chat about the outcomes they are facing regarding their exposure to prostate issues.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men in Australia and the third most common cause of cancer death. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), lack of community and individual awareness can make it harder for newly diagnosed men to fully understand their treatment options, resulting in poorer quality of life and survivorship outcomes.

Cancer patients who share in support groups can have more rewarding lives and relationships.

The golden rule of the group is that trust between members is essential to retain credibility. Confidentiality is paramount.

However, they say you will need to see your doctor for medical advice, support, and information.

Phil Rodham from the Forster-Tuncurry prostate cancer support group tells us that the first step is being prepared to talk about it.

"It's frightening at first, but we are here to support you, and we can help you with your fitness. Keeping fit is really important.

"I swim every day at the Tuncurry Rockpool, and there's also equipment at the Foster Keys park that we use. It's an amazing set-up.

Phil Jones is another member of the group. Over 25-years, he has chatted with other blokes about prostate awareness with varying success.

"Regrettably, it seems that far too many men have in years past been subjected to unwarranted and highly negative comments about their "manhood" often during sporting teams' change-room antics, and stemming from that, many men are reluctant to open up.

"I hear stories almost weekly about men who have been through all the diagnosis and cancer treatment, and they still will not talk to others about their experiences.

"The stigma relating to "men's waterworks" is a significant negative factor that the prostate support groups are working hard to overcome."

When should I talk to my doctor about being tested?

  • From 40 years of age, if there is a family history of prostate cancer.
  • As part of a general health check from 50 years old.
  • After a recent onset of urinary.

Anyone with questions is welcome to get in touch. Contacts are:

  • John Hulme: 02 6555 6523
  • Phil Jones: 0417 885 288
  • Phil Rodham: 65572063
ON THE BARS: Phil Rodham of the Forster-Tuncurry prostate cancer support group says keeping fit is important.

ON THE BARS: Phil Rodham of the Forster-Tuncurry prostate cancer support group says keeping fit is important.

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