Prostate cancer message tied in with Gutbuster

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TOM.KITCHIN

@alliedpress.co.nz

A Wanaka man is aiming to raise awareness of prostate cancer by speaking before a high-profile sporting event.

Ed Stevens is the co-director of Highland Events, which will this Saturday hold the 75km Gutbuster mountain bike race from Garston to Bannockburn.

Mr Stevens was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago but he has kept up a busy life since then and has not had one sick day, even with chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Just this week he returned from climbing 2456m peak Mt Barth, in Mt Aspiring National Park.

“I put a lot of it down to a positive attitude. I’m a great believer in the power of the mind for healing.”

He stressed the importance of prostate checks.

“The key to it is early examination, early checks. They say 50 but there’s an argument now that it should be 40.”

Mr Stevens and his business partner Terry Davis will speak about the issue before the Gutbuster to raise awareness, and also encourage men to become involved with Movember, in which men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise awareness of men’s health.

They thought tying Mr Stevens’ story in with the Gutbuster would help boost the conversation in Central Otago.

Mr Davis said Gutbuster competitors were usually men between 40 and 60, the perfect target for the message.

Entries for the Gutbuster remain open until the start of the race on Saturday.