16 700 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually.
Some men with prostate cancer may not require any treatment, yet still live a normal lifespan and eventually pass away from other causes. Others, diagnosed too late with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, will eventually die from the disease. However, for men who are diagnosed early with more aggressive disease, prostate cancer can be cured with treatment.
Despite the emotional upheaval that can be triggered by a cancer diagnosis, prostate cancer is rarely ‘imminently’ life-threatening. This gives you the time and opportunity to consider your personal choice and preference for treatment, and to talk with your doctor who will map out a considered management path that best fits your cancer.