Cancer experts are calling for the Far North Coast community to get the facts under their belt about prostate cancer – a disease affecting about one in eight Australian men – by calling 13 11 20 on Thursday 11 September.
 
“Prostate cancer is the State’s most commonly diagnosed cancer, but many men find it difficult to talk about, so they may not gain a full picture of treatment and support options,” said Diana Fisher, Regional Programs Co-ordinator.

In the Northern Rivers more than 230 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 50 men lose their lives to the disease each year.

“The good news is survival rates continue to improve and a wide range of support is available to men affected by prostate cancer,” Ms Fisher said.

“This confidential call-in will provide men and their families with an opportunity to get the facts under their belt about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options and whether men should be tested for prostate cancer.

“Specialists including urologists, medical oncologists, nurses and prostate cancer survivors will offer advice and answer what can often be difficult and confronting questions about the disease. 

“For the cost of a local call, it’s an ideal occasion for people living in regional and rural areas of Northern Rivers to speak with specialists who may not be accessible locally.”

The Prostate Cancer Call-In is organised by Cancer Council and the Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC).  Lines will be open from 9am to 9pm on Thursday 11 September. 

Cancer Council also provides a number of other support services to men affected by prostate cancer throughout the year. For further details, call the Cancer Council Hotline on 13 11 20, or visit www.cancercouncil.com.au.

  • What: Prostate Cancer Call-In
  • When: 11 September, 9am to 9pm
  • Who: Cancer specialists will answer calls about prostate cancer – the number one cancer in NSW.