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I’m too young to get prostate cancer, so I’ll be fine, won’t I?

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1 in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Australia.

This is Darren’s story: Darren was 44 was when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. With a wife and 3 kids, it was a massive shock for Darren and his family.

Darren wasn’t too worried when he went for his regular annual check-up with his GP. At 44, he thought he was fit and healthy.

But, his blood test showed his PSA – a marker for prostate cancer – was higher than normal.

His GP, understanding the importance of early detection, referred him to Mr Paul Gilmore, urology surgeon at Peninsula Health, for more tests.

Dr Gilmore knew he needed to biopsy the prostate to get a clearer picture of the situation.

The biopsy results showed Darren’s worst fears – cancer!

Luckily for Darren, his cancer was small and slow-growing, so he didn’t need chemo or radiation – he’s gets regular blood tests and check-ups, and his cancer is under control.

But not all men are as lucky as Darren – we know that as many as 1 in 10 men who get prostate cancer don’t survive. We also know that with cancer every day from diagnosis to treatment counts.

Five years on, Darren’s cancer is under control. But, he wanted to share his story so all men across the Peninsula understand the importance of regular check-ups with their GP and knowing the facts about prostate cancer – they can save your life!

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For more information, visit: www.prostate.org.au or speak to your GP.