Hundreds of men with prostate cancer are preparing to go Dry this July in a bid to raise awareness of the disease, which causes more hospitalisations than any other type of cancer.
The Dry July warriors will give up alcohol to help fundraise for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), a major beneficiary of the annual event.
PCFA CEO Anne Savage urged men with prostate cancer and their loved ones to get involved.
“Dry July is a great way to boost your health, boost awareness of prostate cancer, and boost funding for life-changing specialist nurses.
“Importantly, it’s a great way to demonstrate solidarity with men who are battling prostate cancer.
“Around 49 Australian men will be diagnosed with the disease every day, and without our support many of them will walk alone.
“Right now our nursing service has the capacity to care for around 2 in 3 men with prostate cancer, but thousands of men are still missing out.
“When people register to go Dry this July, they’ll be helping us fill that glass.”
Prostate cancer is a major challenge for men’s health in Australia, which has one of the highest rates of diagnosis in the world.
“With a growing number of Australian men impacted by prostate cancer, community support is key to patient empowerment.
“More than 230,000 Australian men are alive today after a diagnosis. The funds raised from Dry July go directly to PCFA nurses and our nationwide telenursing service, so that no man walks alone when prostate cancer strikes.
“Our hope is that people will join Dry July to fundraise for PCFA this year, to give the bottoms up to prostate cancer.”
People can register and donate at www.dryjuly.com/pcfa.