Check-up could save your life
BRUCE Robinson says men are not good at going to see their doctor. But it was his annual health check-up that saved his life.
The prostate cancer survivor's GP picked up an irregularity at his annual check-up. It took visits to three specialists before tests confirmed that Mr Robinson had an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Bruce Robinson, who was 57 when he was diagnosed, said he wanted to get the message out that prostate cancer was not just for old men and all men over 50 should talk to their doctor about their prostate.
Now the co-ordinator of an informal prostate cancer support group, Mr Robinson said he understood how people's worlds were turned upside down when they suddenly went from feeling perfectly well to being told they have a lethal disease.
"You are faced with all these options for treatment ? none of them nice ? and the side effects. It's a nightmare scenario."
He said he had seen men making decisions based on expediency because they could not afford to leave work for months and travel to Sydney or Brisbane for treatment.
Anger is a frequent response and Mr Robinson said he was so angry he felt ready to assault fellow patients after being told he was the only one out of six whose surgery had not achieved a complete cure.
The support group people means men can talk to each other about options available and hear first-hand accounts.
"It's reassuring to talk to people who have been there," he said.