Prostate cancer takes toll in the bush

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

MEN who live in the bush are more likely to die of prostate cancer than their city coun­ter­parts, re­search has found.

The study found men had the same in­ci­dence of prostate cancer ir­re­spec­tive of where they lived. But those in the bush are less likely to get tested or have treat­ment f or prostate cancer, and more likely to die from it.

The re­search, which in­ves­ti­gated cancer in­ci­dence and treat­ment rates, found an over­all im­prove­ment in the way the disease is de­tected and treated. How­ever, ru­ral men ap­peared to be lag­ging be­hind. ‘‘ Over­all, rates of PSA screen­ing and rad­i­cal prosta­te­c­tomy in­creased, ac­com­pa­nied by re­duc­tions in mor­tal­ity and im­prove­ments in sur­vival through­out Aus­tralia,’’ said As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Peter Baade, from the Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Bris­bane.

The cancer killed 56.9 men per 100,000 liv­ing in the bush, com­pared to 45.8 in the city.

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