Information for Men

One in three men in Australia will be directly affected by cancer in the first 75 years of life.

It is estimated that in 2006 there were 106,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia (60,600 males and 45,400 females).[1]  


Older_man_2Cancer kills more Tasmanians than any other single cause. Moreover, it is predominantly a disease of older people, therefore presenting an enormous challenge to health resources as Tasmania’s population continues to age.

  • Tasmania has the overall second highest incidence of cancer in Australia;
  • The commonest cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed in males in Tasmania in 2005 were prostate cancer (485 cases), colorectal cancer (198 cases) and lung cancer (158 cases). 
  • The most common causes of cancer related deaths in males in 2005 were lung cancer (151 deaths), colorectal cancer (85 deaths) and prostate cancer (62 deaths).[2]

The key stages of cancer management are prevention, screening, early detection, treatment and ongoing care (including monitoring, rehabilitation, long term follow-up and palliative care). Prevention and early detection of cancer using education and awareness programs and screening programs has been proved at this time to be the most appropriate public health method to attempt to reduce mortality from cancer.


Bowel Cancer

At present the only cancer screening program open to males is the National Bowel Cancer Screening program. The Program commenced in Tasmania in April, 2007. An objective of the NBCSP is to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer in Australia. Positive FOBTs and subsequent colonoscopies identify and treat polyps and adenomas which might develop into cancer.[3]

For more information on bowel cancer and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program please click on this link


Prostate Cancer

Eighteen thousand Australian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. Prostate cancer is a significant problem for Tasmanian men.

Population based screening of asymptomatic men for prostate cancer is at present not supported until further information is available about the natural progression of the disease and there is direct evidence showing a net benefit of screening. Early detection of prostate cancer is the most effective means of reducing mortality from the disease. Many men are ignorant of the nature and progression of the disease and GPs remain a vital link to providing information about the benefits and limitations of the various tests currently available for prostate cancer.

For more information on prostate cancer please click on this link


[1] Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2006 [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

[2] Cancer in Tasmania. Incidence and Mortality 2005. Menzies Research Institute, 2008.

[3] Australian Insititute of Health and Welfare & Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing 2008. National Bowel cancer Screening Program monitoring report 2008. Cancer series44. 40. Canberra: AIHW.




Click on the links for further information on:

Bowel Cancer

Lung Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Skin Cancer

DHHS Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Men's Health

The Senate Select Committee on Men's Health

The MANual booklet 


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