Prostatectomy outcomes worse in the bush

Men from remote areas are twice as likely as city dwellers to die of prostate cancer within 14 years of a radical prostatectomy, according to the latest Australian study to highlight geographical inequity.

The risk is greater the further men live from urban centres, according to the study led by Professor Damien Bolton of Melbourne University.

His researchers assessed the cases of almost 2,000 Victorian men who underwent the procedure between 1995 and 2000.

Outer regional men made up 3.6% of the total but 8.33% of the deaths