Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Doubled


Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia.

Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 30% of cancers diagnosed each year in Australian men1. It is the second most common cause of cancer death, after lung cancer2. It has been estimated that around 120,000 Australian men are living with prostate cancer, and it is predicted that the number will increase to 267,000 by 20173.
Comparing with other cancers, prostate cancer has one of the highest 5-year survival rates of 92% after diagnosis4.

The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age. The risk of having prostate cancer by the age of 75 is 1 in 8 men. By the age of 85, the number increases to 1 in 65.

Men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer than men with so such history6.

PCFA advises men over age 50, or 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, should talk to their doctor about testing for prostate cancer. Men should make an individual informed decision about testing based on discussion with their doctors.