THREE Caloundra RSL veterans are on the crusade to raise awareness for men's health.
Mark Guy, Barry Johnson and Joe Desley are joining forces this November and collectively shaving their facial hair for the Movember cause.
Barry Johnson, who left the Army in 1974, is most passionate about the cause, having battled a stint of prostate cancer in October 2015.
"The first thing that comes to mind is that I am going to die,” he said.
"I thought the end of the world had come.
"But then the doctor states 'more men die with it then from it' so that that was a big relief to hear that.”
Mr Johnson was shocked to find that this disease was more prevalent than breast cancer yet no one speaks about it.
"I am not taking this lightly,” he said.
"There are still a lot of men affected or dying from this terrible disease but if caught early it can be controlled.
"Early detection saves lives.”
Mr Johnson said since having his prostate removed, he had met so many people suffering from the same thing he did.
He said his message to everyone would be to get checked on a regular basis.
"I would advise everyone to have their PSA checked at least yearly, as well as the physical examination by your GP,” he said.
"How many of us remember as kids listening to your parents talking about someone's death about being too young to die somewhere between 30-55,” he said.
"Now that I'm 66 I think that 55 is not old.”
To support the veterans, visit the main stage at the Caloundra RSL on December 2 for the big shave.
For more information about the shave, visit caloundrarsl.com.au.
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