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.
For people affected by prostate cancer, Cancer Council ACT has a range of support and information available, including our:
- Information and support line 13 11 20
- Understanding Prostate Cancer booklet
- What to expect – Prostate Cancer
- The Cancer Council Online Community offers a safe and supportive online site for people affected by cancer, their families and friends.
- Cancer Connect is a telephone peer support service that connects someone with cancer with a specially trained volunteer who has gone through a similar cancer experience. This service is free and confidential.
For more information on prostate cancer or any other cancer call 13 11 20.