PROSTATE cancer survivor Carl Neilsen and his friend Lang Kidby are nearing the end of their 37-day Queensland tour to raise awareness on prostate cancer.
Travelling in a 1924 Dodge Ute and a 1942 Dodge Carry All convoy, the two men stopped by Adelaide St in Maryborough on Friday, urging men to look after their health.
Mr Neilsen, who was only 39 when he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer seven years ago, said he experienced extreme fatigue and the first two doctors he saw dismissed his symptoms and said he was just overworked.
"When my condition got worse, I went to see my wife's doctor and told them something was amiss," he said.
Doctors then ran a series of blood tests and told Mr Neilsen his Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) level was high but, like most men, he didn't know what it meant.
"I was sent to an urologist who then sent me off to get a biopsy and when the results came out, the doctor said I had fairly aggressive cancer," Mr Neilsen said.
When diagnosed Mr Neilsen's youngest son was eight weeks old.
"It was a bit of a shock. I opted to get my prostate removed as it's the best chance of survival for someone like me with a young family," he said.
"The day after the operation, I started thinking about how a lot of men choose to sweep their potential illness under the rug instead of facing them."
Needing to do something to warn men about the disease, Mr Neilsen and Mr Kidby restored a 1915 Willys-overland and embarked on a men's health tour around regional Queensland in 2010.
"We walked in to doctor's practices, hotels, yards, hardware stores, anywhere where men would be, with information on prostate cancer," he said.
That successful trek led to their current tour with Man Up! and Queensland Freemasons to raise money for community nurses for men.
The tour ends on Friday in Brisbane.
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