Government Takes Action On Prostate Cancer

18:22' 20-08-2018
As the first step towards a new National Male Health Strategy, the Federal Government will provide medical research funding totalling $1.3 million for research in prostate cancer and male infertility.

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    Prostate cancer is the sixth leading cause of death for males. It is also the most common cancer among men, with more than 16,000 cases diagnosed each year.

    The National Male Health Strategy 2020-2030 aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all men in Australia over the next decade, especially those at the greatest risk of poor health.

    Almost 50% of men have one or more chronic illnesses, including back problems, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or mental health conditions. In addition, one in 35 men have a fertility issue.

    In general, it is recommended that men should start screening for the risk of prostate cancer at age 50. This may be done by a doctor with a digital rectal examination if the risk is high, but is most easily done with a simple blood test to measure the level of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in the blood.

    Some signs of prostate cancer risk include:

    • Trouble starting and stopping while urinating

    • More frequent urges to urinate at night

    • Burning or pain during urination

    • Loss of bladder control

    • Decreased flow or velocity of urine

    • Blood in urine

    For more information about prostate cancer and its treatment, visit www.cancer.org.au.

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