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The blue flags and bunting are down and the Beaudesert Bulletin is back to our red and black after supporting ‘Turning Beaudesert Blue’ in September.
But the reason for this event doesn’t go away.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, and it is estimated that one in six males will be diagnosed by the time they are 85.
It is estimated that more than 25,400 males were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2023.
The average age at diagnosis is 70 years old.
The group who decorate the town every year are primarily women. This may seem a bit odd in some ways, but they are dedicated to raising awareness about prostate cancer and also encouraging men to go to their doctor and get a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test done.
This is a simple blood test that checks the levels of PSA in the blood and, as with most cancers, early detection can save your life.
Guys, the general recommendation from Cancer Council Queensland is to have a PSA blood test every two years from age 50 to age 69. For men whose risk of prostate cancer is higher than average (e.g. with a brother diagnosed with prostate cancer), regular testing can start earlier.
If you didn’t do it in September – start now. Call your doctor, get a general health check and ask for a PSA test.
It might just save your life.