So a lot of people are making a meal out of an off-colour joke made by Tim Mathieson.
We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on your prostate, so make sure you go and do that, and perhaps look for a small female Asian doctor is probably the best way.
Here is the thing; a lot of men are very uncomfortable with the digital test for prostate cancer. As the Age reported:
One attendee at The Lodge function described the audience response to Mr Mathieson’s comments as awkward laughter.
That awkwardness would have been the tension brought about by thinking of an invasive test that makes many men uncomfortable while thinking of the benefit of having the test done. By including that final comment Tim Mathieson is acknowledging that reality while getting the message out, “so make sure you go and do that”.
No doubt the PC brigade would have preferred him to have said something different to get the message out – but he he has probably highlighted one of the major reasons why men procrastinate in prostate cancer testing. In that he has a better understanding of human nature than those social engineers who believe that people can be different.