Kristy Wiedl takes on the role of nurse specialist in prostate cancer care in Campbelltown

Men in South West Sydney are 16% more likely than the national average to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Meet the nurse who is determined to help them.

At least one in 100 men in Australia who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer live in Campbelltown, but a nurse has signed up to help local men battling the disease.

Data from the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia shows that men in South West Sydney are 16% more likely than the national average to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but those same men are 25% less likely to die from it. disease.

Figures suggest Campbelltown men are more likely to visit a doctor to get the PSA level test which detects cancer earlier.

Nearly 20,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Australia, and more than 200 of them are in the Campbelltown area alone.

Kristy Wiedl has recently started a new role as a Prostate Cancer Nurse Specialist based at Campbelltown Hospital covering the area up to Bowral.

The 37-year-old has been a nurse for 15 years after deciding the career path was the best way to help people. She started working at Westmead Children’s Hospital caring for people with leukemia but later moved on to working with adults.

“I really enjoy helping people and talking with them,” Ms. Wiedl said.

“Cancer is so widespread and there is a risk for so many people, I just like to think it could be anyone I know and I want to use my experience to help them.”

Ms Wiedl said men can often find the symptoms of prostate cancer embarrassing, which can prevent them from talking about it or seeing a doctor.

“There’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” she said.

“It’s really important to get tested to make sure you’re on top.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation chief executive Anne Savage said specialist nurses play a vital role in providing advice, care and support.

“About one in five men with prostate cancer suffer from long-term anxiety and depression and many will struggle to cope with the challenges of diagnosis and treatment,” she said.

“From the moment of diagnosis, our nurses provide specialist training and information on treatment plans, referrals to hospital and community services, and provide an ongoing point of contact and support for men and women. families.

Ms Savage said men with a family history of prostate cancer have a double risk of being diagnosed and those with two or more relatives diagnosed have a five times higher risk of developing the disease.

“Having a specialist nurse on the ground will ensure local men continue to be supported and have the best chance of beating this disease,” she said.

To make an appointment with a prostate cancer nurse, go to www.pcfa.org.au.

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