Early testing to reduce the chances of prostate cancer was in focus at Wagga’s fifth ‘Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch’ at Wagga RSL today.
Fundraising to combat the deadly disease was also part of the initiative.
Event co-convenor Andrew Roberts said the funds raised would go to local prostate nursing and world-leading research by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
The event has had about 300 attendees every year for the past five years.
“Huge amount of support from all the guys and the community and today’s about continuing that,” Mr Roberts said.
Mr Roberts said about $130,000 have been raised during the previous four events.
Other support clubs include Apex, Riverina Urology and Wagga Prostate Cancer Support Group.
Kym Holbrook, group leader of the support group, said the initiative acknowledged men’s health issues.
“It highlights prostate cancer in particular,” Mr Holbrook said.
“If it’s treated early, it’s about a 95 per cent chance of survival – if not, it’s about 25 per cent.
If it’s treated early, it’s about a 95 per cent chance of survival – if not, it’s about 25 per cent.Kym Holbrook, Wagga Prostate Cancer Support Group
“Keep an eye on your health generally and don’t be afraid of being checked for prostate cancer.”
It was the third event that Mr Holbrook attended.