Cancer Council ACT is recognising Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, held in September.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in Australia after non-melanoma skin cancer, with around 3200 deaths in Australia each year. It is most common in men over the age of 60, although the risk is higher for younger men with a strong family history of certain cancers.
There are no tests available with sufficient accuracy to screen the male population for early stages of prostate cancer. However, early detection and treatment can significantly improve prostate cancer outcomes. Men concerned about prostate cancer should talk to their doctor and make an informed choice about whether to have any tests designed to find early signs of prostate cancer, in view of the potential risks and benefits.
Cancer Council offers a range of information and support services online, in person and by phone for those affected by cancer.
For more information about prostate cancer call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or click here.