77-year-old Grovedale local Neville Burge has experienced loss, laughter and some of life’s greatest hurdles. Having cared long-term for his late wife, Neville knows all too well what being sick means and how much it can take a toll on yourself and those around you. With this experience, Neville strongly believes that ‘prevention is much better than a cure’.
Since turning 70 he’s regularly visited his doctor for check-ups and PSA tests, alongside staying active and proactively managing high blood pressure and cholesterol. When he was told his PSA levels were rising earlier this year, a sign of prostate cancer, Neville was glad to learn that it had been caught at an early stage despite the shock of his diagnosis.
“After my wife passed away, I was incredibly lucky to meet my beautiful new partner. My whole life had changed, I’d gotten back to feeling good but now I was suddenly faced with prostate cancer. I thought ‘there’s nothing wrong with me, I’m fit and healthy – how could I have this cancer?’ My mum’s coming up to her 106th birthday and she still reads the newspaper without glasses, we have good genes!” Neville said.