In Australia the risk of getting prostate cancer by the age of 75 is 1 in 7 men. By the age of 85, this increases to 1 in 5.
What is prostate cancer?
Destroying cancer cells
Only men have a prostate gland. Prostate cancer happens when cells start to grow abnormally and multiply very fast. It can grow slowly to begin with no symptoms so it can be difficult to detect.
If prostate cancer is found before it has spread it’s easier to treat. You may be offered a combination of therapies including surgery, radiation therapy (utilising SpaceOAR® Hydrogel) and hormone therapy.
In 2013 there were around 19,000 new cases of prostate cancer.
What is the prostate?
How quickly does prostate cancer progress?
What causes prostate cancer?
The exact cause of prostate cancer isn’t known. However, some factors are known to increase the risk. Prostate cancer is rare before the age of 40, and the risk increases after age 50.
Risk factors also include:
Diet and lifestyle
A strong family history of prostate cancer
Specific genetic conditions, which are also associated with breast cancer and ovarian cancer in women (BRCA mutations)
John's battle with prostate cancer
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