A Day to be ‘Dapper’ by Ed Perregaux

On Sunday September 27th 2015, more than 36,996 “smartly-dressed” gentleman (and gentlewomen) in 410 cities from 79 countries straddled the saddles of their café racers, bobbers, scramblers and other marvelous custom motorcycles to raise awareness and help fund the cure for prostate cancer.

12074983_10153774942498083_9021216558574394229_nThe results?

• 37,000 riders around the world rode on one day.

• $2,265,067 raised

• In the city of Phoenix more than 110 participated and raised over $21,000.

Why the need?

Each year, one in nine men develop prostate cancer, and close to 500,000 men will die from the disease. Please watch the video link below to hear one man’s story.

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the prostate that form a lump (tumour). In time, without treatment, it may spread to other organs, particularly the bones and lymph nodes, which can be life threatening. Generally at the early and potentially curable stage, prostate cancer does not have obvious symptoms. This makes it different from other benign prostate disorders, which may result in urinary symptoms.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

In the early stages of prostate cancer, there may be no symptoms at all. As prostate cancer develops, symptoms can include the need to urinate frequently, particularly at night, sudden urges to urinate, difficulty in starting urine flow, a slow, interrupted flow and dribbling afterwards, pain during urination or blood in the urine or semen.

NOTE: It is important to note that these symptoms are not always signs of prostate cancer. They can also be symptoms of other common and non-life threatening prostate disorders. Men who experience these symptoms should see their doctor immediately, to determine the cause and best treatment.

What testing methods are available?

There is currently no population based screening for prostate cancer and this leads to confusion amongst men and their doctors. There are issues related to testing and treatment, which should be discussed prior to making a decision whether to be tested.

Two simple tests can be done by a doctor:

The Digital Rectal Examination (DRE). The doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate gland. This may detect hard lumps in the prostate before symptoms occur

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. This test measures the amount of PSA in the blood. PSA blood test is not a cancer-specific diagnostic test; however, it will alert doctors to abnormal growth in the prostate. A combination of both a DRE and PSA blood test is recommended. These tests should be considered as part of a general male health check annually from 50 years of age, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer.

What is the overall risk of developing prostate cancer?

A man has a one in five risk of developing prostate cancer by the age of 85*. A man with a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (brother or father) has at least twice the risk. (*Australia Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2008. AIHW cat.no. CAN 42. **Michael D Coory and Peter D Baade. Medical Journal of Australia 2005; 182 (3): 112-115. Urban-rural differences in prostate cancer mortality, radical prostatectomy and prostate-specific antigen testing in Australia.)

For more information on prostate cancer click through to the charities below:

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Phone: 1800 220 099 | Email: enquiries@pcfa.org.au  | Website: http://www.prostate.org.au/

Prostate Cancer Foundation US

Phone: 310.570.4700 | Email: info@pcf.org  | Website: http://www.pcf.org/

Prostate Cancer UK

Phone: 020 3310 7000 | Email: info@prostatecanceruk.org  | Website: http://prostatecanceruk.org/

Prostate Cancer Canada

Phone: 416-441-2131 | Email: info@prostatecancer.ca  | Website: http://www.prostatecancer.ca/

Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand*

Phone: 0800 477 678 | Email:info@prostate.org.nz  | Website: http://prostate.org.nz/

Submitted by Ed Perregaux, Member, Rotary e-Club of Arizona. 602-531-5635

Author: Aaron Fritz

Joined Rotary in 1999. Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Past President of the Rotary eClub of Arizona, and current Assistant Governor for District 5490. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. 2nd Generation Rotarian.

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