RAISING AWARENESS: Survivors Len Lamprecht of The Ipswich Prostate Cancer Support Group and Basil Coker of the Harrisville Masonic Lodge.
RAISING AWARENESS: Survivors Len Lamprecht of The Ipswich Prostate Cancer Support Group and Basil Coker of the Harrisville Masonic Lodge. David Nielsen

Awareness key to saving lives

PROSTATE cancer survivor Len Lamprecht is passionate about educating others and helping prevent the often deadly disease.

The Ipswich Prostate Cancer Support Group convenor says that is why he is holding a free prostate cancer awareness evening open to the public.

The event, sponsored by the Harrisville Masonic Lodge, will be held this Friday.

"We have to get the word out to rural areas," Mr Lamprecht said.

"A lot of people don't know what prostate cancer is or how to get tested so we're trying to spread the message."

Guest speakers include urologist Dr John Yaxely and Dr Michael Gilman.

Refreshments will be provided by the Harrisville QCWA.

Mr Lamprecht said the Ipswich Prostate Cancer Support Group was open to men and their partners who wanted to share their experiences at any stage of cancer treatment.

"When I was diagnosed I wanted to talk to someone who had been through what I was going through. That's why I started the group 11 years ago," he said.

"You see the relief on people's faces when they realise they aren't alone."

The session will be held at the Harrisville School of Arts, 5 Hall St, from 7.30pm.

The support group meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Humanities Building (corner South and Nicholas Sts).

Phone 3281 3656 for more.


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