September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and there are three main facts you should know about the disease.
Prostate Cancer Facts
- In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men;
- Approximately 3,500 Australian men die of prostate cancer each year;
- and more men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer.
Prostate Cancer is generally a slow-growing disease and the majority of men with low-grade prostate cancer live for many years without symptoms and without it spreading and becoming life-threatening. High-grade Prostate Cancer spreads quickly and can be lethal. Appropriate management is key for better outcomes. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These abnormal cells can continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way and sometimes spread outside the prostate into nearby or distant parts of the body.
What Are The Risk Factors?
What are factors that contribute 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. For more information on the disease visit Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
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