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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels are preparing for their upcoming match against the West Tigers to incorporate a different flair than usual on home soil. Tonights match at Parramatta Stadium will see the team supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation which is nationally recognised for creating public awareness of the disease. They have supported research into prostate cancer since 1999.

The foundation aims to promote funding for world leading research into prostate cancer, as well as implementing awareness campaigns and education programs for the Australian public. PCFA uses evidence-based information and resources, support groups and specialised prostate cancer nurses in order to support men and their families affected by the disease.

We spoke to Ray Warren The Voice of Rugby League, who is among those diagnosed with prostate cancer. Ray happily acknowledges Pirteks continuous support for the foundation and their dedication to increasing the public awareness of prostate cancer in men.

They give a huge amount of money on an annual basis, and tonight they make a further gesture by taking their name, Pirtek, off the front of jumper and replacing it with the logo of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, he said.

As an ambassador of Pirtek, Ray relays on his own personal experience with the disease;

In my case, I am one of thousands of men who are under one of the categories of prostate cancer treatment. That is called surveillance or observation. I havent needed an operation and its been three years now.

He furthermore encourages all men over the age of 40 to have a check-up, as early detection can be the defining line between the types of treatment required.

Let me also assure you that prostate cancer is curable, its treatable and its manageable.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia receives Government funding for specified projects, but rely mainly on the generosity of individuals and the community. Any amount of money, big or small, is one step closer to finding the cure.

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