Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Check and Don't Regret; Survivors Urge Others to Get Their Prostate Checked Now

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Check and Don't Regret; Survivors Urge Others to Get Their Prostate Checked Now

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Byline: Tracey Johnstone

THEY'RE everyday blokes with a confronting story to tell.

Chris Warnes and Jon Sayer have survived prostate cancer and they want other men to hear their message - get checked now.

The two sailors have been friends for many years since they moved from New Zealand to set up their new lives in Queensland.

Life has been about hard work and downtime on the ocean for these blokes.

Chris has his own earthmoving business while Jon designs and builds offshore racing yachts and sleek powerboats.

What neither gave the slightest thought to was that they could end up as statistics - one in five men are diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 85.

But, for Chris and Jon, other than being over 50, there were no other risk factors for them - no family history of the disease, no high fat and low vegetable diet, no high testosterone levels, no obesity.

Chris, 72, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 62.

"It was the funny thing with me," Chris said. "I had absolutely no symptoms whatsoever, nothing. It was just because I got checked every six months that they picked it up through blood checks."

Those checks were being done because of his age.

Jon, 62, was diagnosed "one year, four months, seven days, three hours and two minutes ago".

Jon said, like Chris, he was aware that he was at the age where prostate cancer could be an issue for him.

"I even changed to a lady doctor as I thought (a physical examination) was the only way you could find out."

The GP organised a full blood test. The result apparently showed some elevation of his PSA, but as nothing was said to him he assumed his health was still OK.

It was only when three years later he went to another doctor for a check-up the past blood test, versus the new one, showed an elevated PSA. …

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