Tomaree Prostate Cancer Support Group has credentials | OPINION

Richard Yeomans.

Richard Yeomans.

PROSTATE cancer can be a devastating diagnosis for men, their partners and their families.

We should know because the Tomaree Prostate Cancer Support Group has been there so many times for people in this difficult time.

September marks International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

As this is the leading type of cancer for men let this be a reminder to men in their 50s and above to have their prostate checked. For men in the Bay area who have prostate cancer, or other cancers for that matter, we’re well equipped to help.

We find that many men and their partners struggle with the news but we are here and willing to support them on their journey.

As a member of an extensive network of support groups – about 170 nationwide – we can help men learn more about the disease and how to manage it.

Support is an important element as is transport if its needed for any treatment.

Since we formed four years ago we have assisted more than 100 patients and have traveled over 142,000 kilometres driving patients to Newcastle hospital’s for treatment.

In recent times we’ve assisted anyone with cancer who required transport. Not just men, but women too.

The group also provides support for patients and partners, conduct Awareness Programs to Community Groups and has implemented a Buddy System for more personal one on one support.

It’s worth saying again; have a check this month, and most importantly, have them regularly.

Around 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

And there’s an estimated 180,000 Australian men living with the disease.

Sadly, more than 3000 men die from it in Australia each year – more than the number of women who die of breast cancer.

Tomaree Prostate Cancer Support Group is always looking for volunteers to join the group and assist driving patients to Newcastle hospitals.

Any man or woman interested in joining our volunteer drivers should attend one of our group meetings. 

The group meets on the third Monday of each month at Nelson Bay Bowling Club from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Please visit our web site www.tomareeprostatesupport.org.au

Richard Yeomans is the Tomaree Prostate Cancer Support group secretary.

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