This September, Beaudesert has turned the town blue for the second year in a row to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The Beaudesert branch of Cancer Council Queensland has decorated the town centre bright blue and encouraged stores to show their support by lighting up their shop windows.
We spoke with Julie Ferguson, President of the Beaudesert branch of the Cancer Council Queensland about their campaign.
“Our aim is to raise awareness about prostate cancer, get men talking with each other and their GP,” she said.
“If our efforts result in one man understanding more about prostate cancer, being aware of the symptoms and getting his prostate checked, we have made a difference.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the Beaudesert Branch Secretary Ellen Logan, whose idea it was to turn the town blue after seeing nearby Canungra turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We plan to make every year bigger and better than the last, so next year we hope to blanket the town in blue!”
About Prostate Cancer:
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Queensland men.
One in five men across the state will be diagnosed by the age of 85, equating to around 4,000 men each year.
Risk increases with age, and a family history of prostate cancer can double that risk.
There is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer. The most common test is the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, however further evaluation is needed to diagnose prostate cancer.