05 July 2018

by Jill Margo, Men's Health Editor, Australian Financial Review

Australian researchers have uncovered a disturbing link between prostate cancer and suicide.

Two studies published this week have shown the risk of suicide is so significant that doctors need to be mindful of it when making a diagnosis and should flag at-risk patients.

Until now, the association between prostate cancer and suicide has not been well documented in Australia.

The first study, by Cancer Council NSW, found that men diagnosed with prostate cancer are at a 70 per cent increased risk of suicide compared with their peers.

Read more: https://www.afr.com/lifestyle/health/womens-health/men-with-prostate-cancer-at-higher-risk-of-suicide-australian-study-shows-20180702-h125p1

You can also read the full research paper produced by Cancer Council NSW here: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/media-release/prostate-cancer-diagnosis-puts-australian-men-much-higher-risk-suicide-new-research/#DKoZJCdDQP1zdXPH.99

Recognising that prostate cancer survivorship is a major challenge, we support men and their families affected by prostate cancer by providing evidence-based information and support through our extensive network of support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses. You can find more information here: http://pcfa.org.au/support/

In an immediate crisis, please call the relevant number below:

Lifeline, 24hr counselling
13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

1300 22 4636

For men of all ages nationally
MensLine Australia
1300 78 99 78