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Prostate cancer questions answered in special call-in

Tuesday 4 September, 2007

Cancer specialists will staff phones at the Cancer Council Helpline on Thursday September 13, between 6pm and 9pm to answer questions about prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer diagnosed in Victoria, with more than 3,800 men diagnosed each year and over 730 men losing their battle with the disease annually.

The Prostate Cancer Call-in provides men and their families the chance to phone the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 and receive free information on risk factors, testing, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

This national event is being held by The Cancer Council and The Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service at the Cancer Council said the call-in is a unique opportunity to ask questions about prostate cancer to experts in the field.

"Most men know little about prostate cancer and find it a confronting topic to talk about," said Dr Hordern. "It is also a very complex disease so it is crucial that men have access to up-to-date and relevant information that will allow them to make informed decisions about treatment or whether testing is appropriate for their situation.

"Men and their families can call from the privacy of their own home. It is also an ideal opportunity for rural and regional Victorians to speak with specialists who they may not have access to from their home town," Dr Hordern said.

Prostate cancer survivor Chris Ryan said being diagnosed with cancer raised a myriad of questions and caused him much confusion.

"Men can be such casual creatures when it comes to their own health," Mr Ryan said.

"I encourage all men with questions and concerns to make the most of the Prostate Cancer Call-in. It's a rare chance to ask specialists any questions about prostate cancer and remain completely anonymous and confidential," he said.

Dr Hordern said the Prostate Cancer Call-in was integral to support services offered by Cancer Councils around the country.

"While men and their families can call The Cancer Council Helpline at any time to talk about prostate cancer, during the Call-in, experts will be on hand to answer questions about risk factors, early detection, treatment and support for the cost of a local call," Dr Hordern said.

"So don't die of embarrassment - the Prostate Cancer call-in is the ideal opportunity to have some difficult questions answered in the privacy of your own home."

Get your questions about prostate cancer answered - call the Prostate Cancer Call-in on 13 11 20 (local call cost anywhere in Australia) Thursday, 13 September between 6pm and 9pm.

Information and support in relation to any type of cancer is available throughout the year from experienced cancer nurses who staff the Helpline.
Find out more by calling the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20, Monday-Friday, 8.30am-8pm.


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