Lifestyle

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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Government claims record investment in highway upgrade

FUNDING: Chris Gulaptis (left) and Duncan Gay are pleased with the amount of money coming for the Pacific Highway upgrade in 2016-17.

$950 million for work between Woolgoolga and Ballina

Jaw-dropping big boy toys at Primex

DIG IT: Northern Rivers JCB dealer Paul Millar, and JCB Excavator national product manager Deon Cope with their 20 tonne excavator.

There were a lot of toys to play with at Primex.

Hey Mumma: NSW launches inquiry into childhood obesity

Do you think kids need more exercise?

Latest deals and offers

Ulmarra Public School celebrates 125 years

CELEBRATION: Isabella Watts, Sophie Watts, Jean Kratz and Emily Watts cutting the cake at Ulmarra Public School's 125th birthday celebrations on Friday, June 24.

Ulmarra Public School celebrates 125 years

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Commercial Property June 16 edition

SNAPPED UP: A sushi shop in a106sq mground-floor tenancy with a 43sq moutdoor area in Southport Central Towers on the Gold Coast has sold for $954,000.

RealCommercial edition June 16, 2016.

Iconic North Coast hotel could sell for $80 million

ON THE MARKET: The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay.

Million-dollar views, good income, beer - what more could you want?