“Men are often reluctant to talk about their own health. This forum will look at how we can change this. I hope it provides an opportunity for men to speak about any health issues they may have. I have invited the Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon to the forum to listen to concerns men have about their health,” Mr Clare said.
One man dies every three hours from Prostate Cancer in Australia. It is the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men, but if it is detected early Prostate Cancer can be cured.
Although a similar number of men die from prostate cancer as the number women who die from breast cancer, women are much better informed about breast cancer than men are about prostate cancer. A national survey by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia in 2002 showed that while 78% of women felt well informed about breast cancer only 52% of men felt informed about prostate cancer.
“Like most men I only see my GP when I am really sick. I hope this Forum encourages men to see their GPs for regular check ups,” Mr Clare said.
Men are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer than women. They are also more likely to die from bladder cancer (72.2% of deaths are men) and skin cancer (67.7%)
Men’s health forums are being held throughout Australia. They are designed to encourage men to be more engaged with their own health and raise awareness of preventable health problems.
Health Department staff will be available on the night to answer questions from the audience. Both men and women are encouraged to come along to the Forum.
Details for the Forum are:
- Date: Wednesday 4 March 2009
- Time: 6 – 8pm (Registration and light refreshments start from 5pm)
- Venue: Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Pde, Bankstown
- RSVP: Office of Jason Clare MP, 9790 2466
Further information on the Men’s Health Forum initiative can be found on www.health.gov.au/menshealthpolicy.
Media Contact: Chris Zogopoulos
T: (02) 9790 2466