FACES FOR RELAY FOR LIFE: Josie's Biggest Morning Tea Eric and Carla Cross were the event's guest speakers.
FACES FOR RELAY FOR LIFE: Josie's Biggest Morning Tea Eric and Carla Cross were the event's guest speakers. Madeline Grace

Cancer survivor:'Get your yearly grease and oil check'

"THIS is for the South Burnett men, go to the doctors and get everything checked yearly.”

This is advice from Eric Cross, one half of the couple who are this year's face of the South Burnett Relay for Life campaign.

Eric spoke at Josie McConville's Biggest Morning Tea and said men need to start looking after themselves better and taking control of their own health.

"I like to call it your yearly grease and oil check,” he said.

"As a cancer survivor my biggest bit of advice is just to go and get your yearly grease and oil check.

"Plan it around your birthday if you have trouble remembering. That's what I do.”

Eric and his wife Carla cross are both cancer survivors.

Eric is still battling prostate cancer, and Carla has had breast cancer and melanoma.

"We're just really trying to get the message across that if you look after your health and stay positive you can get through it,” he said.

"Every year you should go to your local doctors and get a blood test, a PSA, and a heart check.

"The key is to catch cancer early. The earlier your diagnosis the higher survival rate.”

"It's key to lean on your support network,” Eric said.

"Without Carla I don't know if I would have made it through. It's an ongoing battle but I'm able to keep positive knowing I've always got her here by my side.”

Carla said for her the key was staying positive.

"It's important to keep looking forward and to smile,” she said.

"I've been so lucky to have my husband help me through. Without positivity and a good support network I don't know how I would have gotten through.

"But really we would just like to get the message across that men and women need to go and get themselves checked out around their birthday every year.”