Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, with approximately 20,000 men diagnosed with the disease every year.
While five-year survival rates have increased to 95 per cent, some 3,500 men still die as a result of prostate cancer every year. Early detection is vital to get these figures down.
September is International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, with this year’s theme being #getchecked
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australiais encouraging all men aged over 50 to talk to their GP about prostate health and about what is best for them.
Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia CEO Jane Endacott said regular health check-ups were vital in beating the disease.
“Early detection is crucial in effectively fighting prostate cancer. Men over the age of 50 – or 40 if they have a family history of prostate cancer – need to talk with their GP about prostate health,” she said.
“If you fit the criteria make sure you get in and speak to your GP about your prostate health and remind your loved ones and friends to as well.”
More details are available at the foundations #getchecked website.