Prostate Cancer – Is It Secret Mens Business?

Rotary Club of Samford Valley will have as guest speaker at their meeting Distinguished Professor Judith Clements on the 8th February.

While in the past prostate cancer has often been deemed to be, ‘secret men’s business’, the Rotary Club of Samford Valley want to see that change. We know that the occurrence of Prostate Cancer in men ranks equal to breast cancer in women. We also know that more than 18,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and more than 3,300 tragically die from the disease. It’s the most commonly diagnosed and second biggest cancer killer among Australian men, after lung cancer.

This doesn’t need to be the case. Awareness of the symptoms and early treatment has meant that there are now 230,000 men in Australia living post diagnosis and 95% have a five-year survival rate.

The Samford Valley Rotary Club are proud to have as guest speaker at their meeting on the 8th of February. Distinguished Professor Judith Clements who would rank as one of Australia’s most renowned experts in the field of prostate and ovarian cancer. Prof. Clements is Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council – and leads the Cancer Program at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She is also Scientific Director of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre.

Greater awareness is needed as currently 15% of men diagnosed have stage 3 or 4 prostate cancer. Fewer than 1 in 4 men detect prostate cancer at stage 1, when we know we can beat it. 

Research shows if a prostate cancer develops in a man who carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, its more likely to be aggressive and to spread beyond the prostate.

PSA blood tests can help detect prostate cancers early – it’s vital that men with a family history of breast, ovarian, or prostate cancers discuss their risks with a GP and start PSA testing from an earlier age.

There have been many studies looking at risk factors for prostate cancer. Factors that are most strongly linked to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer are highlighted below.

Prostate cancer is an age-dependent disease, which means the chance of developing the disease generally increases with age.

If a man has a father or brother with prostate cancer, he has a higher chance of developing prostate cancer than men with no such history.

Changes to genes can increase the risk of prostate cancer being passed from parent to child. Although prostate cancer can’t be inherited, a man can inherit genes that can increase the risk.

It is important to be aware of all of these risk factors. Remember that risk factors are about the chances of developing a disease. They do not mean developing the disease is a forgone conclusion.

Don’t miss this opportunity to come along to the Samford Valley Rotary Club meeting to hear from one of Australia’s leading authorities in prostate cancer on the 8th February

Event Details:

Date: 8th February

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start

Location: Samford Bowls Club, 2116 Mt Samdon Road, Samford

Cost: $15. Includes a light supper

RSVP: Gary Bray at or mobile 0455 993 352 (places strictly limited). 

Payment: Only after confirmation Samford Rotary Club (BSB: 633 000 Account 134328954)


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