First study to find cause of prostate cancer

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Sydney, Jun 5 (UNI) A world-first study is being conducted by Australian scientists to find out the cause of prostate cancer.

Eight-hundred men identified as having hereditary risk of developing the cancer will take part in the study.

The sons and brothers of the men taking part also have double the risk of developing it themselves, said Queensland Cancer Council spokeswoman Suzanne Steginga.

The findings will be used to develop education resources to assist men detect the cancer at an early stage, Ms Steginga stated.

''What we will be doing is contributing to the international efforts to better understand how the relatives of men with prostate cancer cope and manage, what their worries are and how we can support them,'' Australian Broadcasting Corporation quoted her as saying.

Bill McHugh, a prostate cancer survivor, said while more men know about the risks, not enough take them seriously.

''There's a lot of research being carried out so I think the awareness now is much greater, but men still have the belief they are bulletproof and it won't happen to them,'' he said.

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