Study into bur­den of male can­cer

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

THE first 10-year study of Aus­tralian men af­fected by prostate can­cer has found many have long-term im­pair­ments to qual­ity of life, spark­ing a call by ex­perts for a change in the man­age­ment of the in­sid­i­ous dis­ease.

Each year about 20,000 Aus­tralian men are di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer and about 3500 will die. More than 200,000 Aus­tralian men are alive today after a di­ag­no­sis.

Can­cer Coun­cil lead re­searcher, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Ni­cholas Ralph, says more needs to be done to sup­port sur­vivors.

“Al­though men with prostate can­cer are liv­ing longer, they are not nec­es­sar­ily liv­ing well, with symp­tom bur­den in­creas­ing and qual­ity of life de­clin­ing over time,” he said.

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