September is International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
In Australia, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
Approximately 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed this year with prostate cancer and about 275 will die from it in the month of September. Across the country, a further 200,000 men are living with and beyond the disease. Many are dealing with serious side effects from treatment.
The EJ Whitten Foundation has been taking action for 25 years now to inspire men to take charge of their health, build men’s health awareness and change and save lives by finding new ways to treat prostate cancer and ultimately find a cure.
Here is our 5 point plan for “FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER”.
TIME TO TEST
Time to Test is our community awareness program undertaken in partnership with the Victorian Government. The program promotes early detection, by encouraging men to get an annual men’s health check with their GP asking for a PSA blood test if they are 50+ or 40+ and have a family history. This program helps men know the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for prostate cancer.
World Leading Research
The E.J. Whitten Foundation has partnered with Monash University who undertake world leading research into the most aggressive form of prostate cancer. Monash University collaborates with international bodies. They have Australia’s biggest tissue samples for prostate cancer and the E.J. Whitten Foundation was part of the Monash University team that was responsible for discovering what feeds the cancer thereby understanding how to slow or stop its progression. This discovery has taken us a step closer to finding a cure.
E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth
In 2018 we established the E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth. The research and treatment trials at the Centre are all focussed on less invasive forms of treatment, less side effects and a quicker recovery.
For further information on the EJ Whitten Foundation Prostate Cancer Research Centre click on the link below
Advocate for research and treatment
We are impacting government decisions on cancer research and spending so that less men die from prostate cancer. Our Time to Test program is undertaken in partnership with the Victorian Government’s DHHS department and our Indigenous Men’s Health program was nominated as a finalist in the 2019 Vic Health Awards.
We know the importance of physical, mental, and social well-being in ensuring Australian men live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life. While our focus is cancer research and treatment, our research has also shown healthy behaviours and activities are vital and have a positive impact on our health and living longer.
For further information on your health please visit our website at www.ejwhittenfoundation.com.au or call us on 1300 WHITTEN.