CANCER SUPPORT - ONKAPARINGA GROUP
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Patron: Artie Ferguson
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and Your Family
A member of the Association of Prostate Cancer Support Groups (S.A) Inc.
OUR GOLDEN RULE: We do not give medical advice. Your G.P, Urologist, or Allied Health Professionals, are the only people who can legally give medical advice.
We do, however, give you our wholehearted support.
OCTOBER 2004 NEWSLETTER
Meeting held at Christies Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
On Wednesday October 6th at 7pm
Thank you to our Sponsors, Woodcroft
Community Health Services, Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSL Sub Branch,
The City of Onkaparinga Council, and all who support our Group.
Chair: John Shields.
Apologies: Ken and Helen, Harold and Ann, Phyllis, Jeff, and David and Anne.
And a big welcome to the many visitors who attended this meeting.
Another Post card was received from David and Anne who were in England at the time, and expect to be home for the November meeting. We look forward to their report.
Tonights meeting marked the first anniversary for our Group.
We had our first meeting on October 1st 2003, and I believe that we had a good year, and can only go from strength to strength.
The City of Onkaparinga has a population of 147,000, so there are a lot of Men and their Families who would benefit from attending our meetings.
With the help of our Patron, Councillor Artie Ferguson, we have been able to have information days at Port Noarlunga South, and Moana Surf Lifesaving Clubs, as well as at Morphett Vale Bowling Club and Colonnades Shopping Centre, and we joined a large number of Community Groups at the Noarlunga Leasure Centre on Friday the 8th of this month for the Healthy Ageing Expo and enjoyed another successful information day.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped us get our information out into the Community.
The Quiz Night at the Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSL Sub Branch was a huge success.
On behalf of our members I wrote and thanked everyone at the Sub Branch for making the night so enjoyable, (our table won), and for the generosity of the participants.
Thanks also to everyone who donated prizes- a vital ingredient- and to all who attended.
OUR GUEST SPEAKER: DOCTOR CAROLE PINNOCK.
Doctor Pinnock covered a wide range of topics that included Prostate Cancer incidence in Men aged between 40 and 80 years, tested within the last five years, or ever tested.
W.A 48%, Vic 56% and S.A 48%
The change in mortality was down 2% in N.S.W
Doctor Pinnock then spoke about using Diet to help prevent Prostate Cancer.
Dietary fat: Increases the risk of Prostate Cancer, it possibly increases availability of male hormones.
Lycopene: The risk of Prostate Cancer was lower when lycopene blood levels were highest in one study.
Vitamin E: May inhibit Prostate Cancer caused by high fat, in laboratory studies.
Supplementation reduced Clinical Prostate Cancer in smokers.
Plus Selenium- Select trial – results due in 2013.
Adelaide trial: Selenium and DNA damage. (We want to prevent DNA damage)
Selenium levels are low in some South Australian soils compared with other parts of Australia.
The trial runs for 6 months, and increases selenium intake with high selenium biscuits.
Add Soy to Diet: Soy Beverage, Soy enriched breads, Soy flour for Muffins, Soy Breakfast Cereals, and Soybeans in Casseroles.
A low fat, high vegetable diet is good for Heart, Blood Vessels, as well as Prostate health.
Exercise is also very important to help maximize the health benefits of a good Diet.
APCC Support Group Study: This showed many benefits to participants of Support Groups. Benefits were particularly high when a mans Doctor supported his participation.
New type of Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery:.Doctor Pinnock showed us pictures of some of the old instruments, then the new ones for this type of Surgery.
Robotic Surgery: We were also shown how Robotic Surgery is done, with the Surgeon sitting at a Computer, looking at a highly magnified view of the Prostate Gland and its surrounding tissue, and able to guide the instruments with a very clear view of what must be done.
Brachytherapy: Was also discussed, using pictures to show the Radiation from the seeds covering the entire Prostate Gland.
Doctor Pinnock also spoke about Chemotherapy before taking many questions from the audience.
I could certainly relate to the need for me to reduce my Dietary Fat intake to a minimum.
During my Bachelor days, many years ago, my favourite food was a big Steak or Pork Chop, with the biggest strip of fat around them that I could get, I dare not mention Crackling.
I have also, always loved plenty of Cream, and for many years I had much more Cream than I should have, so it came as no surprise to learn that too much fat was very bad for me.
I also cut back on my intake of Tomatoes, and Tomato Products because I was told that Tomatoes were bad for Gout because of Uric Acid.
You will not be very surprised to know that I have cut right back on animal Fat, and increased my consumption of Tomatoes.
An important part of the evening was that Doctor Pinnock stayed and talked with those who had more questions to ask.
ESPLANADE CHRISTIES BEACH
ASPECTS OF PROSTATE CANCER
PRESENTED BY: DOCTOR DAVID ELDER
UROLOGIST SOUTHERN SPECIALIST CENTRE MORPHETT VALE.
THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES
OPEN DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS TO A PANEL
Please tell as many people as possible about this meeting, and if you are interested in doing a letterbox drop of Pamphlets in your area, please let me know.