Surveillance increasing for early prostate cancer

Data from the Prostate Cancer Clinical Registry at Monash University show that of 2580 Victorian men diagnosed with localised cancer between 2008 and 2011, 765 were low risk, and of these 324 (42%) were watched rather than undergoing treatment, within a year of diagnosis.

Presenting the figures at the Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference in Melbourne last week, uro-oncologist Associate Professor Declan Murphy said survival rates had improved from <50% in the 1970s to >90% due to PSA testing.

“The problem is – and this is where