PROSTATE cancer is on the rise and our Burnett men are being encouraged to lose the ego and get checked.
PROSTATE cancer is on the rise and our Burnett men are being encouraged to lose the ego and get checked. Contributed

Burnett's alarming stats on killer disease

PROSTATE cancer is on the rise and Burnett men are being encouraged to lose the ego and get checked.

According to a 2008 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the incident rate of prostate cancer in Australia was 105 new cases per 100,000 males.

This is the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world.

Closely followed by New Zealand (100 per 100,000), Western Europe (93 per 100,000) and Northern America (86 per 100,000).

Alternatively, the lowest incident rates were in South-Central Asia (4 per 100,000), Northern Africa, Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia (each 8 per 100,000).

Within Australia, and specifically the Burnett region, the numbers are even more alarming.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data, by 2013, the national average of prostate cancer was 172.8 per 100,000 people.

While the Burnett's incident rate for prostate cancer was lower than the national average with 153.6 per 100,000, it wasn't all good news.

The mortality rate for prostate cancer in the Burnett region was 43.4 per 100,000 people, which is above the national average of 29.4 per 100,000 people.

Chair of prostate cancer fundraising foundation, It's a Bloke Thing, David Russell said one reason why regional areas had a higher mortality rate was because men weren't talking about their health.

"Blokes aren't talking about their health around the barbecue,” he said.

"Prostate cancer is a taboo subject.”

Mr Russell encouraged all Burnett men to see their doctor and have a regular check up.

"As grim as it sounds, postponing a visit to your GP could prematurely bring your life to an end,” he said.

"Talk about your health to your partner and your mates, don't take it for granted.

"I lost three mates in the past 18 months, all from prostate cancer.”