Players take stick to cancer
ONE in two men will be diagnosed with cancer by 85.
In a bid to fight against the statistics the Gladstone and District Hockey Association set out this weekend to score goals against men's cancers.
After being rained out last weekend, the hockey charity game day in support of Cancer Council Queensland's Call to Arms campaign finally went ahead.
Call to Arms is a national Cancer Council event, which calls on players from all sporting codes to hold a charity match, wear a yellow armband and raise funds during their sporting season.
The clubs' senior players sported yellow armbands in support of Call To Arms during matches against Rockhampton teams at Rigby Park.
Funds from donations, raffles and a sausage sizzle are being put towards preventing and detecting cancers in men, finding new treatments through cancer research, and educating the community and supporting men who face a cancer diagnosis.
Event organiser Sue Gillard said the local Call to Arms match would also raise vital awareness of cancer issues among Gladstone's men.
"We have a lot of this kind of thing for female cancers," she said.
"Men don't openly talk about problems that might affect them, particularly when it comes to their health, and especially when it comes to cancer, which seems to be a forbidden topic for them.
"We hope our Call to Arms match raises awareness of men's cancers and prompts our blokes to go for regular health checks, not to leaves things until it's too late."