Qantas flies the flag for prostate checks
QANTAS passengers will be reminded to get tested for prostate cancer as part of a new campaign against the disease via advertisements and in-flight announcements, the airline says.
The initiative follows a recent admission by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce that he underwent surgery for prostate cancer in May after doctors discovered a malignant tumour.
Mr Joyce said his diagnosis prompted him to look at what was being done to promote awareness of prostate cancer. Doctors had told him there was an 80% chance he would have been dead in ten years if the tumour had not been discovered, he said.
"I wasn't planning on doing it [the test] until I was 50," he said. "If I'd waited until 50, it would have been too late."
To mark the launch of the campaign, a new Boeing 737 displaying the blue ribbon logo of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia was unveiled.
According to a statement by the PCFA, the