11 September 2019

A new Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia and Minerals Council of Australia partnership will aim to raise awareness about prostate cancer and how to beat it across the minerals industry's 240,000 strong workforce.

Companies and men and women working in the sector will be encouraged to participate in PCFA’s signature Big Aussie Barbie and Ambassador initiatives – important tools for building awareness of screening and treatment options and support for survivors and loved ones.

The MCA is the peak organisation representing Australia’s mining industry.

PCFA CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO commended the industry for stepping up on a major public health challenge.

'We hope that lighting up the barbie will ignite the mining industry’s passion for helping us defeat prostate cancer.

'Prostate cancer is an important public health issue – one in every seven Australian men are likely to be diagnosed during their lifetime and 200,000 Aussie men are alive today after a diagnosis.

MCA CEO Tania Constable said that with health and safety the number one priority of Australia's minerals sector, the organisation was immensely proud to be partnering with PCFA.

'Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and tragically about 3,500 Australian men die of the disease each year.

'This program will help to improve understanding of prostate cancer in the mining sector and make men and their families more mindful of their risks, while raising awareness of support available.'