Far West Locals encouraged to sit-up for Men's Health Week
Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Ruben Hillier is calling on the community to do 45 sit-ups a day during Men's Health Week (June 14-20) for local men battling prostate cancer.
The Sit-Up 45 Challenge, for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, will raise funds for research and nurses, supporting the 45 Australian men who are diagnosed with the disease each day.
Based at Broken Hill Health Service, Ruben said prostate cancer takes a huge toll on men and their families and would love the community to get behind the new event.
'Many men and families feel powerless when prostate cancer is diagnosed, which is why we're taking action with Sit-Up 45,' he said.
'It's a great way to do something positive and can help support men in our community.'
People can register via www.situp45.org.au.
Around 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime - nearly 17,000 men each year. Sadly, around 3,100 men also die from the disease annually.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO welcomed people of all ages and abilities to get involved.
'We're taking action against the disease and we need you to join us. Do this for the men you love - fathers, grandfathers, partners and sons who are at risk of this silent killer,' Prof Dunn said.
'This not only is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds, but you'll improve your overall health and happiness too.
'Simply commit to doing 45 sit-ups a day, create a personal fundraising page, and show us your best sit-up by sharing photos via #situp45.
'With one man diagnosed every 30 minutes, there are estimated to be 230,000 Australian men alive today who have been impacted by prostate cancer.
'We want more men to beat this, which is why we're sitting up to prostate cancer during Men's Health Week,' he said.
For more information about PCFA, or for support, visit www.pcfa.org.au or call +61 1800 220 099.