Community urged to unite together for the long run to combat prostate cancer

KNOW WHERE TO GET HELP: Despite prostate cancer being the most common cancer in men, awareness of the disease is at an historic low.
KNOW WHERE TO GET HELP: Despite prostate cancer being the most common cancer in men, awareness of the disease is at an historic low.

"Reach out to those in your family and the community impacted by the disease to check in, and let them know you're there to support them.

PCFA CEO Professor Jeff Dunn

This September, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is calling on locals to show men impacted by prostate cancer that the entire community is there to support them.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, claims more than 3000 lives a year, and can wreak lifelong havoc. Awareness levels in Australia are at historic lows, and authorities have warned many men in the local community are clueless about the risks of the disease.

This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September 1-30), the theme is 'Together for the long run', encouraging men and their loved ones to get to know prostate cancer risk factors and unite as a community to save lives and improve the health of everyone impacted by the disease.

TALK TO YOUR GP: It is important that men take the time to chat to their doctors about the options for prostate cancer treatment. Photos: Shutterstock

TALK TO YOUR GP: It is important that men take the time to chat to their doctors about the options for prostate cancer treatment. Photos: Shutterstock

PCFA CEO Professor Jeff Dunn said it was essential to know prostate cancer risks and symptoms and talk with your GP about what testing options are right for you. "Many men and their families in the local community are facing prostate cancer right now and will need special care and support," Professor Dunn said.

"This year's theme 'Together for the long run', aims to show solidarity and raise vital funds, so men in the local area have access to life-saving clinical trials and prostate cancer specialist nurses. You can register for our signature fundraising campaign, The Long Run, to raise funds to ensure that men have access to the latest treatments and support services." Sign up at thelongrun.org.au.

"Make no mistake - we need to step up now, with the number of men diagnosed expected to increase by as much as 60 per cent over future years.

"Without community involvement in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and campaigns such as The Long Run, we simply will not be able to meet the growing demand for PCFA services and programs. We would love to see the community come together in 2021 and take action against prostate cancer."

To find out more about the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, phone 1800 22 00 99 or visit pcfa.org.au.

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