A MASSIVE pair of jocks will be unfurled in Bendigo today to raise awareness of men’s health.
The four-metre-high banner will be draped over the Bendigo Bank building as part of Men’s Health Week.
Bendigo’s iconic buildings, including the Sacred Heart Cathedral and law courts, will also be bathed in blue to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
Bert Moorhead of the Bendigo and District Prostate Cancer Support Group said awareness of the disease was growing, but men were still failing to be screened.
“There are still people who probably don’t take it seriously,” he said.
“All you have to do is have a blood test.
“We want to raise awareness and this is the start of it.
“We’ve got to get the message across somehow.”
Mr Moorhead said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer about five years ago and was still receiving treatment.
“I’ve been getting tested for the past 10 years and was very conscious of it,” he said. “I came back with quite a high PSA reading and it was quite aggressive.
“I’m lucky because it didn’t spread into my system.
“But I’ve had a few friends die from it and others who have had it get into their system and they’re receiving treatment.
“The main thing is for people to get a blood test.
“It’s a safeguard.”
Mr Moorhead said the local prostate support group had about 70 members and that the community was increasingly keen to support the group.
Several events have been planned for Bendigo to mark Men’s Health Week, including a Father’s Day run on Sunday.