Liz Jelley is the face of a new prostate cancer awareness campaign.
Liz Jelley is the face of a new prostate cancer awareness campaign. Christopher Chan

Workwear range to raise awareness of prostate cancer

GLADSTONE men, drop your pants.

Fly-in, fly-out worker Liz Jelley is making the call to help raise awareness of prostate cancer.

After losing her dad to the aggressive disease, the 27-year-old is behind a new work-wear campaign encouraging men to man up and get checked.

The slogan "be a man and get a check up" will be printed inside a new line of high visibility work shirts, released by Barcoo Workwear and the Prostate Awareness Research Foundation.

"When men don't want to go to the doctor, I tell them to look at what happened with my dad," Ms Jelley said.

"It was a really good example of why you need to get checked out."

Liz said her dad Lance Jelley was fit and healthy, but never got around to getting a check-up.

"He knew he needed to go, but didn't," Liz said.

Before he died in May this year, Lance formed a relationship with Barcoo CEO Mike Kaye.

To have something like (the campaign) means that we can help someone else.

Together Mike and Lance chose a number of messages to appear inside the Barcoo Workwear range to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

"Lance worked on the messages he liked most before his death and was hopeful this would help with prostate cancer research," Mr Kaye said.

"We know women are really good at going to the doctor, so we are also going to put the message in our women's range of shirts, so they can also remind the men in their lives."

Working as a quality co-ordinator on the QCLNG site, Liz has noticed a similar attitude in her male workmates.

"The boys on site think they are so different, that it won't happen to them, but it could," she said.

"To have something like (the campaign) means that we can help someone else," Ms Jelley said.

For every shirt sold Barcoo Workwear contributes to the PA Research Foundation for research into prostate cancer.

 

Men are encouraged to visit a GP for a check on prostate

PROSTATE Cancer is the most common form of cancer for men in central Queensland.

According to Cancer Council Queensland statistics, there were an average of 200 cases and 50 prostate cancer related deaths between 2006 and 2010.

But the survival rate for the disease is quite high, with 88% of men winning their battle against prostate cancer in the same time frame.

The number of prostate cancer cases even leapfrogged the number of breast cancer cases between 2006 and 2010.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is encouraging men in regional towns like Gladstone to do their bit and get their bits checked out by a GP.

Last month the PCFA toured Gladstone and Emerald with the Rural Education Roadshow to start discussions about prostate cancer awareness.

Men's health experts presented education sessions on the disease.

To purchase a Barcoo Workwear high-visibility to show your support, visit: barcooworkwear.com.au.



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