12 August 2020
Two and a half years ago Brian Schofield’s life changed dramatically, when he heard the news he had prostate cancer.
A leading businessman and company leader, he credits the diagnosis with changing his personal and professional outlook.
“It’s an understatement to say I was shocked by the diagnosis. I’ve worked most of my career in the explosives industry, but never expected to be blown away by news like this.
“At the time, like most other Aussie blokes, I didn’t know much about prostate cancer and the different stages of disease, which made the diagnosis even more challenging.”
The experience has inspired Brian to raise awareness so that other men don’t have to fight the disease feeling all alone.
As Operations Manager of IEE Global, Brian has teamed up with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to boost research, awareness, and support – beginning in his backyard.
“IEE Global is proud to support the work of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, as Australia’s leading charitable fund for prostate cancer research and awareness,” Brian says.
“Within our own workplace, we’ve collaborated with PCFA to ensure the men and women on our team have greater awareness of the symptoms and screening options, and who to turn to if they need support.”
PCFA CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn AO, said Brian’s actions were everyday heroism.
“Brian is a hero for the cause – refusing to let his diagnosis get him down,” Prof Dunn said.
“His support of our work and commitment to raising awareness have been first class. There is no doubt in my mind that the work he is doing could help to save the lives of many men in our community.”
About 2100 Western Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and tragically nearly 300 will die of the disease.
Brian is urging other men to be aware of their risks and any symptoms in a new awareness video available via YouTube.
“Blokes need to step up and take better care of themselves – we need to listen to our bodies and have regular health check-ups.
“I’d encourage all men to be aware of the symptoms of prostate cancer, have a regular check up and be understand any family history of cancers. It’s vitally important to have a chat to your Doctor about what to do if you notice anything unusual about your plumbing”
“We need to stop prostate cancer in its tracks.”
Check out Brian’s video here or visit www.pcfa.org.au to learn more about prostate cancer.