Yass Prostate Cancer Support Group have invited Jamie Boulding (pictured right) as a guest speaker at their monthly meeting on Monday, February 14 at the Soldiers Club in Yass at 7pm.

Jamie specialises in men’s health physio services for pre and post prostate surgery that includes ultrasound assessment of the pelvic floor musculature and individualised treatment plans for potential post-surgery complications.

Hosted by co-founders Peter Gibbs and Terry Butler, the group launched in April this year and meets the second Monday of every month at the Yass Soldiers Club.

Peter said Jamie is well regarded by those under his care and his presentation will be a beneficial experience to everyone.

“The physio therapist is essential for the post-operative rehabilitation, particularly the pelvic floor muscles in men who’ve had prostate surgery,” he said.

Peter said there are more and more men of various ages being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The group are getting a consistent number of people coming along with between 7 and 14 attendees at each meeting.

Peter said there have also been a few more people who have had surgery recently attending the group.

“It’s a great way of chatting to each other in a closed environment, discussing things you wouldn’t normally talk about.”

According to the Cancer Council in Australia, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85.

Peter and Terry want to spread more awareness and remind men and their family members to ensure those affected get tested.

There are several tests to detect prostate cancer but the most common is the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which measures the level of PSA in your blood.
Research from the Daffodil Centre last June revealed that many men who survive prostate cancer do not receive the right interventions or support to help deal with distressing, persistent side-effects of treatment, and are suffering in silence.

A 2018 Cancer Council NSW study looked at rates of suicide among prostate cancer survivors over a period of ten years. It found that men in NSW who had prostate cancer were at a 70% increased risk of suicide compared to the state’s general male population.

Prostate cancer is manageable, and your urologist will discuss the options available to you.

By Brianna O’Rourke

Photo: Terry Patrick, Group founder Peter Gibbs, David Ault, Dr Owen Graham, previous guest speakers Debra Garroun and Dr Hodo Haxhimolla and co-founder Terry Butler