Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Life after Prostate Cancer; Book a Place for Free Seminar Tonight in Allenstown

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Life after Prostate Cancer; Book a Place for Free Seminar Tonight in Allenstown

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Byline: Liam Butterworth Liam.Butterworth@capnews.com.au

A DISEASE that will affect more than one in five Queensland men, prostate cancer kills more than 3300 men each year.

While the figures don't sound good, treatment through surgery is now available for increasing numbers.

Urologist Dr Greg Malone will be presenting a free seminar for Central Queensland men on dealing with life after prostate cancer.

Rockhampton-raised and now Brisbane-based, Dr Malone said 600 men each year in Queensland undergo surgery for the disease.

And while the surgery may remove the threat of cancer, Dr Malone said there are some uncomfortable realities for men in their life after treatment.

Of the 600 who under go treatment, half are at high risk of erectile dysfunction while 5% will develop long-term incontinence.

"Many men choose to suffer in silence, thankful they have survived prostate cancer. Yet as a result of their decision to remain silent, lifestyles can become limited and restricted out of fear, embarrassment and discomfort, which in turn can cause feelings of isolation, frustration and depression. …

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