Stand Up For Your Prostate
This Blue September, we are asking the men of Ireland to once again Stand Up For Your Prostate, and get your PSA checked once you reach the age of 50 or at 45 if you have a family history of Prostate or Breast Cancer. It takes five minutes and could save your life.
This September, with the kind support of Astellas, the Stand Up for your Prostate campaign is sharing the stories of prostate cancer survivors Colm, Kevin, Raymond and Thomas. These four courageous men are sharing how prostate cancer impacted their lives, and ask their fellow men, or those born with a prostate, to take their health seriously, get their PSA checked, and catch prostate cancer early.
Each year in Ireland, 3,890 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the most common cancer in Ireland excluding non-melanoma skin cancer. With the startling fact that 1 in 6 men will be affected by prostate cancer in their lifetime, the Marie Keating Foundation are asking men to get to know the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, and seek information about their PSA once they turn 50, or 45 with a family history of prostate cancer, or breast cancer.
“When detected early, prostate cancer is so treatable, with a five year survival rate of 92%. The challenge is getting people to their GP to talk about their health and the PSA test. It is our hope that this campaign, with four incredible testimonials from people who have gone through their own journey, will be what men need to encourage them to go to their GP, start a conversation about PSA testing, and take the next steps to looking after their prostate health. Director of Nursing Services Helen Forristal
Each of our ambassadors have bravely shared their stories this Blue September as a part of the Stand Up For Your Prostate campaign. To read each of their stories in full, click the icons below.
A PSA or Prostate-specific antigen test is a simple blood test that monitors possible changes in your prostate which may need further investigations and follow up. By having regular PSA levels checked as instructed by your GP or Urologist, it can help to detect prostate problems or cancer in it’s earliest stages, even if you are experiencing no symptoms.
“The difficult aspect about prostate cancer is that often times, the symptoms associated with the disease like difficultly passing urine, a need for more frequent urination, feeling like you are not completely emptying your bladder when urinating or getting up more than twice a night to urinate, can often be overlooked, or often aren’t experienced at all. That is why PSA testing and having that conversation is so important. I’m proud to support the Marie Keating Foundation’s Stand Up For Your Prostate campaign and would encourage all men to take that first step in prostate cancer early detection.” Urology Consultant at St. Vincent’s Hospital Private, Dr David Galvin
Stand up for prostate pin
Support the 3,890 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year by wearing the Marie Keating Foundation 'Stand Up for Your Prostate' pin during Blue September, Movember or at any other time of the year
Prostate cancer-What you should know
Information about prostate cancer in Ireland, the signs and symptoms of the disease, the PSA blood test and prostate cancer treatment
The Marie Keating Foundation has a number of leaflets, booklets and information materials on prostate and other types of cancer.
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