Strong men are often silent men and when it comes to health care, silence is dangerous. A man’s reluctance to go for a medical check-up or to get information from the local clinic may have devastating consequences for his health. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in South Africa, but few men will talk about this illness. Two notable exceptions are former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu who have both had treatment for prostrate cancer. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa 1 in 31 males are suffering from prostate cancer but there’s still a deafening silence around this issue.
Thandeka Teyise of Health-e News Service spoke to a 69-year old prostate cancer survivor and to Sister Carol Jacobs of the Cancer Association of South Africa in the Western Cape who says it’s high time that men take their health seriously.
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