Queensland men affected by prostate cancer are being urged to reach out for support as Cancer Council launches a dedicated prostate cancer call-in day on their Helpline, on September 24.
New data shows only 20 per cent of Brisbane callers to the Helpline so far this year were men, prompting Cancer Council Queensland to set a date specifically for men and their loved ones to seek support.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urged men, their partners, children, family and friends to call the Helpline on Wednesday September 24 with any questions or concerns.
“Our Cancer Council Helpline is open all year round, but we’re inviting men and their loved ones to get in touch with us specifically about prostate cancer on September 24,” Ms Clift said.
“Our Helpline is a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, experienced in cancer care and support.
“Whether you have a practical concern, require psychosocial support or simply need a listening ear to talk through your challenges and experiences, our Helpline is here to assist.”
Around 4000 Queensland men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – one in five in their lifetime.
Research shows half of all men with prostate cancer don’t seek support for cancer-related issues, including fears about the future and lack of control of treatment outcomes.
“Up to 35 per cent of people affected by cancer report ongoing distress, and many men don’t seek help or treatment for that distress.
“This is also a call to the loved ones of those affected by prostate cancer – if you’re concerned about the men in your life, help and understanding is only a phone call away.
“All Queenslanders affected by cancer can also access Cancer Council Queensland’s specialised cancer counselling service, staffed by qualified psychologists.
“Patients and their loved ones can get referrals from their doctor or through the CCQ Helpline on 13 11 20.”
Cancer Council’s Helpline (13 11 20) is a toll free landline call from anywhere in Queensland and offers information, resources and connection to support programs and advocacy services for those affected by cancer.
Since January, more than 10,100 calls have been made to Cancer Council’s Helpline throughout Queensland.
Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (excluding public holidays), the Helpline exists thanks to the generous donations, support and contributions of Queenslanders.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171