In 2016 alone, it is estimated prostate cancer affected over 20,000 Australian men. Through education and awareness we can save lives and ensure the early diagnosis of prostate cancer - a cancer that can be successfully treated if diagnosed early.
Key to the treatment of my patients is knowledge. It improves outcomes, helps to avoid regret and takes away fear. Education helps the individual and his family cope with the journey.
Not only do I work to educate my patients, I have developed numerous resources and mechanisms to support and educate men and general practitioners throughout Australia and am a strong advocate of prostate cancer awareness.
Today, as main author of educational documents for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia I continue to highlight the prevalence of prostate cancer, the importance of early detection and the available treatment options. Awareness initiatives such as the original Movember fundraiser through to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia's, 'Be a Man' campaign are an important part of the fight against prostate cancer. I believe that there is much more that we can and must do.
Certainly, improving understanding of porstate cancer in the community willr esult in imporved outcomes. It also, importantly, takes away fear and helps to avoid regret. In short, education is crucial in the fight against prostate cancer, everyone must be aware.
A major part of education is creating conversations about prostate cancer, and in particular spaces in which men with prostate cancer can share their experiences with one another. At St Vincent's we have established Australia's first prostate cancer support group, a group that has been replicated throughout the country since its inception.
I have developed numerous resources and mechanisms to support and educate men and general practitioners throughout Australia and am a strong advocate of prostate cancer awareness. In the following pages you will find both print and video resources.