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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 01, 2016

 

Mention the word, prostate, and many men will shy away and would rather change the subject.

But sadly it’s an issue that can mean the difference between life and death.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Fowler MP, Chris Hayes, is urging all men to visit their GP and have their prostate checked.

Cancer Australia estimates that the risk of a male being diagnosed with prostate cancer by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 6.

They also expect the incidence rate of prostate cancer among males will increase with age until age group 65–69. It will then decrease until age group 80–84, before increasing for males aged 85+.

"In 2016 it is estimated that 18,138 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Australia and is thought to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer this year."

"Like any condition, early detection is vital and a simple blood test may be all it takes."

"It could save your life," Chris Hayes said.

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