Carl Neilson and Brian and Jill Costello have been travelling around Queensland to encourage men to get checked for prostate cancer.
Carl Neilson and Brian and Jill Costello have been travelling around Queensland to encourage men to get checked for prostate cancer. Barclay White

Spotlight on men’s health

WHEN Brian Costello was diagnosed with prostate cancer at his clinic, he was given a pamphlet, an incontinence pad and sent home.

The Brisbane man was shocked at the lack of support for sufferers of a disease one in five Queensland men will be diagnosed with in their lifetime.

With the help of his wife Jill, Mr Costello formed a health charity called Man Up to help break the stigma for the deadly cancer and improve care for sufferers.

He said with such little support after diagnosis, men were often unsure what to do.

"It's actually such a shock to most men and their minds aren't in the right place to make critical decisions," he said.

Jill said she wanted the same level of support and funding for prostate cancer sufferers as women got with breast cancer.

"Ten years ago I had breast cancer and I had a breast care nurse to help me through everything," she said.

"We want there to be a similar level of support for men."

The couple were in Kingaroy on Monday night with fellow prostate cancer sufferer Carl Neilson to encourage men to get regular checks.

And Mr Neilsen has a clever way of getting men's attention - by driving around in a Classic 1924 Dodge.

"Men will come and check out the car and we get them talking (about health). It's a bloke magnet," he said.

For more information on Man Up, go to www.manupqld.com.au.

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