THE statistics are quite alarming. It accounts for a third of all diagnosed cancers in men, with one in five men developing it. It is even more prevalent in rural communities. Unfortunately nearly all of us know somebody who has prostate cancer.
In a bid to raise awareness for mens' health a local couple will take part in the national Long Ride event.
Colin and Kaye Stopp will join hundreds of motorcyclists from across the country on this year's ride to Uluru. The ride generates awareness of prostate cancer and raises funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
It is the first time this Nimmitabel couple are in taking part in the ride, an event the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is a major supporter of.
"I found out about the ride through my job with the ADF here in Cooma," Mrs Stopp said.
"It will be good to raise awareness about prostate cancer, especially in rural communities."
Men in regional and rural Australia have a 21 per cent higher prostate cancer mortality rate. The ride makes stops at many of the defence posts in Australia, with an emphasis on taking in as many rural communities as possible.
Colin Stopp is no stranger to a motorbike, his job as mailman with Australia Post has seen him clock up in excess of 200,000 kilometres. The Long Ride is a challenge he is very much looking forward to.
"We ride with a small group to Phillip Island every year, but the Long Ride will be with a group of around 200," Mr Stopp said.
"It should be an awesome event."
Before the couple head off in September, the ADF will be running a street stall in Cooma, manned by the ACT riding group. On Saturday, August 2, Kaye and a number of local riders will be at the stall making sure the men of Cooma hear the prostate cancer message.
"Men tend to ignore their health, so anything to support people living longer is a good thing," Mrs Stopp said.
The 2013 Long Ride raised in excess of $250,00 and this year's trek to Uluru has grand plans of raising even more.
The PCFA recommend men over 50 or those over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer are see their doctor.