Latrobe Health Assembly

Men’s Health Awareness Campaign

09.01.2020

Project Objectives

Development of a program is underway to launch a men’s health campaign focusing on a broad range of medical issues that are prevalent within the community with the primary focus on getting men to seek medical attention rather than ignore any symptoms.

Further reporting on the progress of this project will be included in future issues of this project summary document.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimate that the risk of a male being diagnosed with prostate cancer by his 85th birthday will be 1 in 7, and the risk of a male dying from prostate cancer by his 85th birthday will be 1 in 31. Localised data for Latrobe shows for the period 2012-2016 that Prostate Cancer deaths ranked 5th in Latrobe behind
other major illness including stroke, COPD, lung cancer and heart disease.

Due to prevalence on this form of cancer within the Latrobe Valley, the Latrobe Health Assembly had been developing a Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign however as other conditions also emerged as concerns for men within the Latrobe Valley, it was recommended that this project focus on broader men’s health initiatives.

Rates of prostate cancer in the Gippsland region are about average, however rates of mortality from prostate cancer are very high. This trend is similar with several medical conditions and highlights the need to educate males in the community to have regular medical check-ups.

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