TRAVIS Knipe has made a passionate plea with men to undergo health checks after the recent death of his father.
Mr Knipe lost his father Alan to prostate cancer on July 30 after a three-and-a-half-year battle with the disease.
Travis said his son would now grow up without a grandfather, with a hole left in the tight-knit family.
“The last month was very traumatic; we didn’t leave his side,” Mr Knipe said.
“He needed constant care.
“I think we’re still in the aftermath of trying to move on after seeing him deteriorate and being powerless, slipping away.
“It’s hard to think about life going forward without someone that’s been a big part of our lives.”
Mr Knipe said his father was 63 when diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He said he had been avoiding doctor check-ups and had felt ill for about a year before being diagnosed.
“We sit here and think back that if he had the mindset of getting checked from age 50 on, it could have been picked up,” he said.
“For probably an hour out of his year, he could have had it picked up and the prostate removed and he probably could have lived on into his 80s.
“The hard part about this is I’ve got a 10-month-old baby. He and Alan had a great connection.
“He would have been an important part of his life, and we’ve lost that now.”
Mr Knipe said prostate-specific antigen (PSA)testing was a reliable tool for diagnosing and monitoring prostate cancer, something which he now undertakes annually.
“What I want to try to do is at a minimum educate my family and friends and get a bit more involved in other organisations to create more awareness around a health check,” he said.
Figures from Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre show more than four per cent of male deaths are caused by prostate cancer.
Men’s Health Week aims to raise awareness of issues such as prostate cancer and men are encouraged to undergo regular check-ups.