Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia. Each year, more than 20,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, including a small number under the age of 50.
Prostate cancer is unusual because there may not be symptoms and in many men it grows so slowly that it never needs treatment. Moreover, some prostate cancer needs treating and this can have unwanted side effects, for example on sexual function.
Often when people hear the word ‘cancer’, they immediately assume that it is terminal. However, the majority of men with prostate cancer live for many years without any symptoms, and without the cancer spreading or becoming life-threatening. It depends on the aggressiveness of the cancer.
Being diagnosed with cancer can affect how you think about yourself and your life. You might also be concerned about your long-term outlook and how it will impact your work, family and relationships. The aim of this booklet is to give you some basic information about your diagnosis.