Parramatta Eels Pirtek ambassador, Nathan Hindmarsh, underwent a prostate examination for Pirteks platinum charity partner, the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, to encourage men to get tested.


Nathan says he is happy to be on board with a great cause.


I think its a great initiative. Being a Pirtek Brand ambassador I thought I would lend my body to what is a great cause.


Hindmarsh says awareness is key and wants to give men the confidence to get tested.


We do walk the walk; we dont just talk the talk. Im here today, Im going to get checked. As men we need to get behind it. Pardon the pun.


Pirtek has given up the front of the jersey for this weekends Round 22 match against the Wests Tigers to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia. These limited edition jerseys will be available for auction after this weekend and all proceeds donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.


Nathan says the statistics behind prostate cancer are alarming.


It kills as many men in Australia as breast cancer kills women. 29,000 cases are diagnosed each year. 2 men in each footy team could possibly be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thats a fair number.


I only found that out today. It could be someone I know or someone that Ive played with that could have prostate cancer down the track.


After the test, Hindmarsh admits that whilst the examination is not comfortable, he is glad to have done it.


Im all good. It seriously took less than 10 seconds. I think in the long run, I would rather do this now than go through what so many men in Australia go through from not getting it done.


As Ive said before its all worth it in the end, particularly if youre in the age bracket. Im glad I got it done. I know what its like now. Theres nothing to worry about.


Over 3000 men die of prostate cancer each year so its an important test to get done. Too often men will talk about it but they wont bite the bullet and go get it checked. I recommend everyone out there go and get it done.


10 seconds of a bit of discomfort can be the difference between life and death. Its as simple as that. If you detect it early enough, there are ways around it. I urge you, to go get tested. Its as easy as that.


Nigel Marsden, from the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, says that it is important to have someone like Nathan Hindmarsh help to promote awareness.


There are 120,000 Australian men living with prostate cancer and its something that can affect your father, your grandfather, your brother. Its about time men started realising this. If there is a history in the family, we recommend getting tested from the age of 40 and onwards.


Click here to find out more about the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.