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Men and Manhood: Erectile Dysfunction in Prostate Cancer NEED funding for essential PENILE REHABILITATION

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Prostate Cancer is the number 1 cancer diagnosed in Australia at an anticipated 22 000 new cases in 2013, in contrast to the 15 000 breast cancer cases. A man will die every 3 hours & 53 new cases will be diagnosed/ day across our sunburnt country. For every $1.84 spent on Breast Cancer in Australia, the equivalent Prostate Cancer story receives just $1.00, despite 1/3 more cases & deaths / year. Up to 99% of men who have treatment for Prostate cancer will suffer with both urinary incontinence & erectile dysfunction, no matter their treatment type. 96-98%of men will gain continence within 12 months of treatment & yet, only 30% will regain sexual function... HOWEVER, if PENILE REHABILITATION is commenced shortly after treatment, & in particular following radical prostatectomy, whereby erectile nerves are damaged, sexual function is greatly assisted by the use of PDE5 medications such as Cialis, Levitra & Viagra. These medications, plus penile injections and vacuum compression devices or penis pumps are known to increase penile blood flow & help to restore penile length whilst a 6-48 month nerve regeneration occurs. Spongey tissue known as Corpus Cavernosum needs blood flow to 'irrigate' the vascular structures that lose their 'electricity' supply whilst awaiting nerve recovery. Currently , 3-7 tablets / week at a cost of approx $A20 each OR daily use of a medically prescribed vacuum pump at approx $375 each OR 1-2/ week ICI(penile injections) at approx $15 each are NOT covered by GOVERNMENT bodies...or on the PBS list for essential medications following treatment for Prostate Cancer, unlike the equivalent experience in essential treatment during breast recovery which is mostly, fully funded.

I am a Men's Health physiotherapist in Western Australia , a passionate advocate for men. Without their manhood, my 1500 individual Prostate Cancer cases , have taught me it should be every man's right to have funded access to Penile Rehabilitation in this group. Without it, depression, relationship breakdown and suicide becomes a burden on society... If you are a bloke , or have one in your life..please sign this petition... Mate- it's your Prostate!!! 1 in 6 Australian men are currently diagnosed every day... This is reflective of the global picture & your penises are worth standing to attention for...

Talking about your manhood needs is just the beginning ...Signing this petition is but one sentence...
'Just one small step for mankind, we now need one GIANT lift for manhood!'


Jo Milios Men's Health Physiotherapist


PCWA inc Prostate Cancer Western Australia, a not for profit organisation that as to provide an exercise program , research & support for Men & their partners with Prostate Cancer by the delivery of ACTS of ACTION. See for further information. PROST! Regards, Jo Milios


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