Support group urges men to keep on top of their health

BATTLERS: Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group members Ron Lehmann, Max Klinke, Malcolm Piggott and Ron Nance. Photo: Nick Grimm
BATTLERS: Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group members Ron Lehmann, Max Klinke, Malcolm Piggott and Ron Nance. Photo: Nick Grimm

Members from the Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group are urging people to have regular check-ups.

The Standard spoke to some of the group for Men’s Health Week 2017, and member Ron Nance was kind enough to invite us to his home.

Men’s Health Week runs between June 12-18 with the particular focus on promoting heath and well-being in men and boys of all ages. 

The theme for this year’s week is “Healthy Body – Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance”, and group member Ron Lehmann said anyone over the age of 50 should at least have an annual check.

“Now, the prostate cancer tests do sound daunting, but they are changing. It’s not just all about the finger test anymore,” Mr Lehmann said.

Ron Nance agreed.

“Yes, make sure you go to the doctors, they’re there to help. Doctors help pick up on the little things that can quickly become big issues,” he said. 

Mr Nance also commented on the low-level of willingness of males to be subject to check up tests. 

“We’ve really noticed that men seem to be much less likely to even think about going to the doctors. It’s usually the wife or partner who bugs them get there.” 

Group member Malcolm Piggott believes their is a connection between many forms of cancer and our diets. 

“If we could all get the necessary 72 vitamins and minerals to have a fully balanced diet, it would be very interesting to see if we would have such high rates of these kinds of cancer,” he said.

From February to November, the support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. 

“We find that in December it get’s too close to Christmas, and we don’t know how many we might have left so we like to enjoy them,” Mr Lehmann joked.   

Max Klinke said the group’s discussion topics don’t revolve around entirely prostate cancer. 

“We’re here to help with whatever we can, really. There’s also no bias on it being for men; to us there’s no difference between you or your partner or family members.”