Study into burden of male cancer
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.