What do Ben Stiller, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell and Robert De Niro have in Common?
They are all prostate cancer survivors! And all advocates of regular men’s health check-ups!
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer (after skin cancer) among men in Australia. About one in eight Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their life.
Fortunately, the disease is very treatable if found early, and in some cases the only “treatment” recommended is active surveillance, or “watchful waiting.”
The team at E.J. Whitten Foundation know that our most important role is to build awareness of men’s health, so men stay active and healthy, enjoying a long life with their family and friends.
The E.J. Whitten Foundation runs a community program called its “Time to Test” which educates men on maintaining good physical, mental and social health. Our sessions also encourage men to get an annual health check with their GP. Oftentimes, the difference between early detection of a disease or condition and late detection can mean life and death.
With prostate cancer, we know if it is detected early, there is a 98% chance of survival, if it remains unchecked this chance of survival beyond 5 years drops to 26%.
See what the above rich and famous survivors of prostate cancer have said about the importance of testing:
Robert De Niro
De Niro’s publicist said in a statement about his prostate cancer, “Fortunately for him — and his family, friends, and fans — the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups, a result of his proactive personal healthcare program,”
“Men should have regular prostate examinations … Regular exams allowed me to deal with this problem early and make a full recovery.”
Ben Stiller “Taking the PSA test saved my life.”
Cancer doesn’t care if you’re rich and famous. No-one is immune to the disease.
But, with awareness, we can help men detect the cancer early, and we know early detection saves lives!
The E.J. Whitten Foundation Time To Test education programs have reached 187,880 people.
75% of the individuals we had an interaction with in 2018, went on to get a health check.
If we can increase our reach, we can help save more lives. We need your help in spreading the awareness message in 2019 by encouraging family and friends to get an annual health check. By helping us build men’s health awareness, you are helping people live to a ripe old age, enjoying life with family and friends.
You can support the E.J. Whitten Foundation in the following ways:
- by spreading this message with your friends, family and on social media;
- Joining us at one of our events in 2019; https://www.ejwhittenfoundation.com.au/events/
- Donating to help us fight the good fight for men’s health. https://www.ejwhittenfoundation.com.au/donations/make-a-donation/
Go to http://www.ejwhittenfoundation.com.au for further details.