Funding a cure for prostate cancer

Men’s health advocate and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said, “Prostate cancer is Australia’s second most deadly cancer, claiming the lives of around 3,500 men in 2018. It is a complex disease that also causes a range of health problems.”

The Coalition Government and Movember Foundation are teaming up to combat prostate cancer by investing $12 million into ground-breaking new research aimed at reversing the number of deaths caused by the disease.

The funding will establish the Prostate Cancer Research Alliance, which will be comprised of research teams focused on conducting life-saving prostate cancer research.

The researchers will focus on two key areas:

  • stop prostate cancer progressing to advanced, more deadly stages; and
  • improve treatments and life expectancy for men with advanced prostate cancer.

The Alliance will significantly accelerate and expand the current research, and find better treatments and ultimately seek to find a cure for the many men fighting prostate cancer.

Mrs Sudmalis said, “The research will benefit the more than 17,000 Australian men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and recently we boosted Medicare support for a new MRI scan for prostate cancer checks helping 26,000 men each year.”

Submissions to establish the research teams will open in the coming months. Leading cancer research teams are encouraged to apply. Applications will be identified through an open, competitive, peer-reviewed national grants round.

The Prostate Cancer Research Alliance will be managed by the Movember Foundation in collaboration with Cancer Australia.