The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released the latest figures on prostate cancer incidence, mortality, and survival in Australia.
The trends over time are different to the trends we see for many other types of cancer, including a decreasing number of diagnoses since 2009, when cases peaked in Australia. In that year, 22,146 cases were diagnosed, compared to 16,741 cases expected to be diagnosed this year. With an ageing and increasing population, we might ordinarily expect to see the number of men diagnosed increase, but this has not been the case.
On the 25th of May PCFA hosted its third annual Community Conversations. This year we partnered with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, a world-leading cancer treatment centre and research institute, who hosted the day in Melbourne, Victoria. Community Conversations, facilitated by MC Julie McCrossin, brought together prostate cancer patients and their families with leading scientists, clinicians and health professionals. The forum promotes a conversation about prostate cancer between all these people, so that we can learn from each other.