Prostate cancer takes toll in the bush
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.