"Cancer research was my second chance."

Every day, we lose more than 10 men to prostate, testicular and penile cancers.

You can change this by helping to fund the breakthrough families are waiting for. 

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Help improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients

More than 24,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Australia every year.

Cure Cancer has funded 28 prostate cancer research projects so far, but more research is desperately needed. Supporting emerging researchers with the brightest ideas gives us the best possible chance of finding a cure.

Every dollar you donate can make a real difference to our mission. Together, we can cure cancer.

"I find securing funding is one of the biggest hurdles for early-career researchers. I have seen lots of talented academic researchers leave for different jobs due to a lack of funding and uncertainty after a few years, which is heart-breaking. Funding opportunities that specifically target early-career researchers, such as Cure Cancer, gives us hope and the chance to fight this battle to establish ourselves as independent researchers."

— Dr Jana Janaththani, a Cure Cancer grant recipient

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells in the prostate gland grow more quickly than in a normal prostate, forming a malignant tumour. The prostate is a small gland that sits below the bladder near the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, which is the passage in the penis through which urine and semen pass.

More than 24,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Australia every year.

What are the types of prostate cancer?

Almost all prostate cancers develop from the cells that line the prostate gland – this type of cancer is called an adenocarcinoma.

What are the common symptoms of prostate cancer?

The most common symptoms of prostate cancer are:

  • Problems urinating
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Pain in the back, hips, pelvis or chest
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Fatigue and shortness of breath

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

Your GP will carry out an initial physical examination and discuss your medical and family history with you. They may also perform a rectal examination and carry out a blood test.

If necessary, your GP may then refer you for transrectal ultrasound – where a probe is inserted into the rectum to create a picture of the prostate inside the body. An MRI and biopsy of the tissue may also be carried out. The biopsy results include a Gleason score which will help the doctor to stage the cancer, if cancer cells are present.

Prostate cancer is staged from Stage 1-4.

  • Stage 1: Tumour is small and has not spread outside the prostate.
  • Stage 2: Tumour is larger but has still not spread outside the prostate.
  • Stage 3: The cancer has spread beyond the outer layer of the prostate and may have spread to the seminal vesicles, but not to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage 4: The cancer has spread to nearby tissues such as the seminal vesicles, rectum or bladder, to nearby lymph nodes, or to distant parts of the body such as the bones.

What is the prognosis for prostate cancer?

The prognosis for prostate cancer varies depending on the stage of the cancer and the person’s overall health.

However, the five-year survival rate is high. Thanks to research, around 96% of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis.

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How your donation helps

$75

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$150

Can pay for microscopy imaging to look for immune cells in tumours

$1000

Can fund small scale drug screening studies to identify new treatments

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Allows for comprehensive analysis of cancers through genomics

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