Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

General
Monday, September 07, 2015
September is International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and organisations around the country hold education and fund-raising events to help in the fight against prostate cancer.

Three facts about prostate cancer

  • In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.
  • More than 3,000 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year.
  • More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer.

What are the risk factors?

Factors that are most strongly linked to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer:

  • Age: Prostate cancer is an age-dependent disease, which means the chance of developing it increases with age. The risk of getting prostate cancer by the age of 75 is 1 in 7 men. By the age of 85, this increases to 1 in 5.
  • Family history: If you have a first degree male relative with prostate cancer, you have a higher chance of developing it than men with no such history. The risk increases again if more than one male relative has prostate cancer. Risks are also higher for men whose male relatives were diagnosed when young.
  • Other factors: Genetics, Diet and Lifestyle are other factors that may increase the risk of developing prostrate cancer

If you would like to find out more about prostrate cancer or would like to be tested phone Active Health Portland on 5522 1200 to make an appointment with your GP.

You can also find out more by visiting www.prostate.org.au