Prostate cancer Awareness Month - Australia
September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Australia!
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia with almost 20,000 diagnoses and close to 3,500 deaths each year. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is asking Australia to get involved and help create and raise awareness by urging men over 50 to book an appointment with their GP and get checked.
New guidelines around PSA testing have promised to transform prostate cancer outcomes in Australia. The guidelines, which recommend that men between the ages of 50-69 are offered PSA testing every two years, replaced the US Preventative Services Task Force guidelines and previous differing guidelines in Australia that some urologists blame for an increase in presentations with metastatic prostate cancer. Certainly, when screening was discouraged, adverse consequences followed, with evidence showing that mortality from prostate cancer is lower when men are screened for it. With prostate cancer the third most common cause of male cancer deaths in Australia, policies that improve early diagnosis can only help.