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Prostate Cancer

In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men

MYTH # 1: Prostate cancer is an old man’s disease

While it may be true that the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer there are many risk factors to consider. Your race, family history, physical health and lifestyle—even geographic location—are all factors that can increase your likelihood of developing prostate cancer.

MYTH # 2: If you don’t have any symptoms, you don’t have prostate cancer

Wrong. Prostate cancer is one of the most asymptomatic cancers in oncology, meaning not all men experience symptoms. Many times symptoms can be mistaken or attributed to something else. Signs of prostate cancer are often first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.

MYTH # 3: Sexual activity increases the risk of developing prostate cancer

High levels of sexual activity or frequent ejaculation were once rumored to increase prostate cancer risk. In fact, some studies show that men who reported more frequent ejaculations had a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

MYTH # 4: You can pass your cancer to others

Prostate cancer is not infectious or communicable. This means that there is no way for you to “pass it on” to someone else.

Watch out for:

  • Difficulty peeing, even when you push hard
  • Peeing more often than usual
  • Getting up at night to have a pee only to get up again later on
  • A feeling that you haven’t quite got rid of it all when you pee
  • Stop-start peeing
  • Discomfort or burning when peeing
  • Blood in your pee or semen
  • Unexplained back or groin pain