Prostate check-ups essential: Kay

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia WA chairwoman Roz Baker, WA board member Max Kay and PCFA WA state manager Kate Harman. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d424934
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia WA chairwoman Roz Baker, WA board member Max Kay and PCFA WA state manager Kate Harman. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d424934

Mr Kay has been a familiar face on television and radio since the 1970s in WA and is using his bold Scottish humour to deliver a message of a more serious note, after he recently joined the board of Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation. He puts his survival and relatively pain-free cancer experience down to manning-up and following his doctor’s advice.

‘It was fortunate for me, he said I was of the age where I should get a prostate check,’ Mr Kay said.

‘So I did and it turned out my prostate was slightly enlarged so I went to Hollywood Hospital for a test. A biopsy found evidence of cancer.

‘I was the candidate for a new treatment called Brachytherapy where they insert radioactive seeds into the cancer,’ Mr Kay said.

‘It only works on slow-growing cancers, which mine was.

‘It was such a slow process, I never had incontinence or loss of sexual dysfunction.

‘It was getting it early; that’s the way to do it and what saved me a lot of pain.

‘The serious cases are always the ones that are left too late ” prostate cancer has overtaken women’s breast cancers.’

Mr Kay said at the time he was trying to become Lord Mayor of Perth.

‘It was after this that I approached the Cancer Council; when personalities do these things it is the biggest aid to spreading awareness,’ he said.

He said the key for all men was getting their prostate checked.

PCAF launched its Big Aussie Barbie campaign fundraiser in Central Park last Friday.