More Than 3,000 Men Die Each Year From Prostate Cancer.
The AFL Coaches' Association (AFLCA) have made this disease the focus of their Men's Health Week campaign. There are many health issues facing men in our community, but prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the 3rd largest cause of cancer death in men, so it is time to raise awareness. Unfortunately, the early stages of prostate cancer may not always show symptoms. It is for this reason that regular check-ups are essential, especially if you are over 50 years of age or have a family history.
Early Detection Can Be Lifesaving!
The early detection of prostate cancer can be identified using either the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or the digital rectal examination (DRE). The PSA blood test identifies the level of prostate-specific antigen in an individual’s bloodstream, with high levels of PSA indicating activity within the prostate. The DRE involves a doctor physically examining an individual’s prostate gland. These methods are used to raise the possibility of activity within the prostate gland; which may include cancerous growths. By identifying prostate cancer in its early stages, the likelihood of curing this disease is heightened, a facet which can significantly improve patient survival. Currently, the 5-year survival rate for prostate cancer is over 92%, with the 10-year survival rate standing at 93% and the 15-year survival rate standing at 77%.
Pee for Prostate!
The AFLCA endorses early detection and encourages all men to get checked. This has led to the promotion of ‘The Power Peeball’. The Power Peeball was created as a way for men to check their prostate and identify any potential issues. Since its launch in 1991, millions of men around the world have played Peeball, turning a health check into a fun game! Power Peeballs are 100% biodegradable balls that disintegrate in liquid and are an easy way for men to check their prostate. Pick up a Power Peeball from your local Chemist Warehouse, then grab your mates, find a urinal and Pee for Prostate!
100% of profits raised from the sales of Power Peeballs are donated to the Australian Prostate Cancer Research centre to support men living with prostate cancer while simultaneously facilitating research into finding a cure for prostate cancer.
The Game of Skill, Power, Speed and Endurance Played By Gentlemen in Urinals.
Enjoyed by millions of men across the world, the joy of Peeball stems from its essential simplicity. All the player needs is a Power Peeball, a urinal and the need to pee.
All Peeball scores must be achieved during a single 'Stand' at the urinal; ‘Stop and Start’ streams are acceptable. If at any time during the game the Power Peeball is expelled from the playing urinal or the player moves away from the Power Peeball, a foul move will be dealt, with the player deemed 'Pissed Off' and immediately disqualified. Always choose a clean urinal, as dirty or waterlogged urinals do not present an acceptable playing surface. Urinals containing disinfectant cubes can be played as long as all competitors accept the conditions.
The breaking of wind is not encouraged. Wind assisted times do not count for the record books.
How to Play
- Remove the Power Peeball from its protective wrapping and place it carefully in a urinal (single and trough urinals are both acceptable playing surfaces).
- Take aim and urinate on the Power Peeball. Once the stream has commenced, start the clock. This act is referred to as ‘The Stand’.
- Players direct their stream towards the Peeball to destroy it in the shortest possible time. Once all residual fragments have been dispatched down the urinal drain, stop the clock.
The Peeball Reaction
The Power Peeball's active ingredients, sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, are solids and do not react when dry. Adding a solvent, such as water (or pee), causes them to ionise. When these ions come into contact they react, violently liberating carbon dioxide gas and aqueous sodium citrate, resulting in the disintegration of the Power Peeball. By rolling the Power Peeball in liquid, a larger surface area is created, and the player can speed up its reaction to achieve better time scores.
Older Men Be Aware
85% of prostate cancer diagnoses occur in men ages 65 years and over. Difficulty peeing, trouble starting and stopping, weak flow and frequent trips to the toilet? You may have a prostate problem.
If detected early, prostate cancer is treatable.
Visit www.prostatecancerresearch.org.au for more information or call The Australian Centre for Prostate Cancer & Men's Health on (03) 8373 7600 (calls charged at local rates).
Speak to your healthcare professional for advice.
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