Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman tells of prostate cancer fight
"I HAVE always been a very strong person and when I was diagnosed, my wife was with me and she nearly fell to the floor. I said to her, well if that's what I have got, that's what I have got. We will deal head on with it."
Mayor for Bundaberg Mal Forman has come out to talk about his experience with prostate cancer when he met at the Relay for Life launch in the Bundaberg CBD today.
Mr Forman told the NewsMail he was diagnosed with the disease in 2014 but kept the news under wraps while he was going through treatment.
"In 2006 I had a high reading of PSA. I had a biopsy done which came back benign, which was good news," he said.
"In 2014 I had another increase in my PSA. My scan came back that I had prostate cancer which was progressive. It was about an eight out of 10 which is quite high."
As a result of his biopsy, Mr Forman suffered E. coli septicemia which put him in hospital for weeks before he was able to begin treatment.
"As a result of my wife and I being healthy people, we did a lot of research. After speaking to my urologist I was recommended chemotherapy and radiology and everything else," he said.
"We went and spoke to a doctor from the Gold Coast who put me on to hypothermia treatment with intravenous vitamin C. I was drinking lemon juice every day to alkalise my body.
"As we were doing more readings during that period, my PSA levels were coming down."
Mr Forman had his prostate removed and in September 2014, he was cleared of cancer.
"I am a survivor and one who is very happy to be where I am," he said.
"You can't allow cancer to beat you, you have to go forth and do what you have to do and get on top of it."
Mr Forman, who attended the Relay for Life launch yesterday urged everyone to get involved with the cause to support those with cancer.
"I would urge everyone to get their check-ups. There are so many different types of cancer that you can get," he said.
Mr Forman spoke about his cancer treatment at the Relay for Life Launch where chairperson Dr Greg Bath highlighted the importance of fundraising for the cause.
"At the end of the day, we all know someone who has been touched by cancer," he said.
"The money we raise through Relay for Life is used to support our cancer sufferers and survivors as well as to fund important research.
"We can do something about it."