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Men At Risk Of Prostate Cancer Will Soon Be Able To Get Checked in Port Augusta

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Men in SA's Upper Spencer Gulf and Mid-North at risk of prostate cancer will soon be able to get checked in Port Augusta instead of making an overnight trip to Adelaide.

A transperineal biopsy machine is expected to arrive at the Port Augusta Hospital next year thanks to funding pledged by community groups.

The Male Bag Foundation has raised funds to offset half the cost of the machine worth at least $90 thousand.

The Port Augusta Lions Clubs has pledged to fund the other half and has already raised $18 thousand.

Port Augusta will be the eighth public hospital that the Male Bag Foundation has helped bring machines to.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common male cancer.

If caught early, the survival rate is around 95 per cent but it still causes the second most deaths in men after lung cancer.

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