It’s all very simple. Just follow these steps to stay on top of what’s happening down below.
Just 2 simple steps every year preferably from age 40 is all it takes.
Visit your doctor and ask for a PSA blood test for Prostate Cancer. This is the test that will measure the amount of PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) in your blood.
This will determine if you have an elevated reading of PSA and it will also give your score! (see step 2). Pick a time for your yearly blood test so you easily remember, such as January, your Birthday, End of Financial Year or Christmas.
Now, there is another test at this point if you choose to have it. It’s called the DRE (Digital Rectal Examination). Just ManUp! …it’s not that bad. For this test the doctor uses a gloved finger to feel the prostate gland through the rectum. This may pick up abnormalities before symptoms occur. Most men don’t find this test too uncomfortable and it’s over in 60 seconds.
Now this is important, so listen up… the younger you start this and get into the habit, the better.
Ask your doctor for ‘your score’ so you can record it.
This is where you begin to track your score to establish your baseline. Your doctor should know to do this too, but sometimes they don’t, so you need to.
It’s not so much about ‘the actual score’ – unless of course it is really high at the first test – as it is about whether your score is stable each year or if it suddenly jumps much higher. This is when you know you need to get on to it and see a specialist.
“That was an awesome talk and I know everyone got a lot out of it. Most lads from our team learnt something. Just passing on my appreciation. I have booked in for a PSA at 8am tomorrow when I get home. Good stuff.”
“I just want to share with everyone what a great presentation we had yesterday with the MAN up team about prostate cancer. It was really well received by the Ops team and the spotless Teams. The presenters were fantastic.
I believe this would be a great presentation for every team member for both SHELL and Spotless.
Being a prostate cancer survivor at 47 years of age I hope that I can encourage everyone in your teams / villages / offices to contact MANUP and take this presentation to all of our teams as early detection saved my life and I am so lucky!”
“This morning you presented to C Crew at Glencore’s Clermont Open Cut mine. As the safety rep for the haulage team I would like to extend you a very big THANK YOU.
Your presentation was by far one of the best we have ever had here on site being very informative, down to earth and able to really connect with all crew members. For any presentation to keep the crew talking about the topic all day, especially this topic, is no small feat.”
“I’d like to say thank you very much for your recent visit to Burdekin Shire Council staff. I have had so much positive feedback from staff, with some saying they have made and attended appointments, along with others following up on their scores.”
“I just wanted to let you know that the presentation about prostate cancer was greatly appreciated. The presentation dismissed a lot of myths about the disease and highlighted the important things like the PSA test, getting it done every year and creating a baseline to compare your score. It was a very worthwhile presentation”