Dubs hero warns of prostate cancer threat
FORMER Dublin footballer Charlie Redmond urged men to check once a year for prostate cancer as a new website was launched to provide information and support.
The former three-time GAA All-Star revealed the illness had touched his family and said the key to successful treatment was early diagnosis.
He was on hand yesterday to launch the site www.unitedagainstprostatecancer.com.
"The message is that it can be dealt with. Men should check things out with the doctor about once a year and not be afraid to do it, it's a quick easy test," said the 1995 All-Ireland winner.
"Prostate cancer has affected many families, including mine, but there is plenty of help at hand," said Redmond.
The illness afflicts about 3,000 Irish men a year and around 520 men die from the disease annually.
Astellas Pharma helped develop the website which is also aimed at urologists, radiation oncologists and clinical nurse specialists.
Jim Scott, who is a prostate cancer survivor and is now chairperson of MAC (Men Against Cancer), said that it was essential for sufferers and their families to get further information on the disease after diagnosis.
"There is a need for the right kind of information to be given to patients and their families about the disease," Mr Scott said.
"Generally, once diagnosed, you enter a whirlwind of mind boggling decisions and choices which naturally one allows the medical practitioner to lead them in.
"The website will allow further vital access to patients on their condition and to family members who are often forgotten along the way," he added.