One in six Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 90 per cent of them will report some form of sexual dysfunction during or after treatment.
A preliminary study involving 55 men last year found regular exercise improved sexual function in prostate cancer sufferers by 50 per cent.
‘After three months, the men involved in the exercise program had a 50 per cent greater level of sexual activity, which was largely driven by an increase in sexual desire,’ ECU Health and Wellness Institute senior research fellow Prue Cormie said.
‘We observed significant improvements such as gains in muscle mass, as well as improvements in fatigue, depression, anxiety, strength, fitness and quality of life that we believe contributed to enhancing men’s libido.’
The researchers need 240 prostate cancer sufferers for the expanded study that will examine why exercise is effective and if it will work in a broader range of patients.
The exercise program will be available at Joondalup, Mt Lawley, Crawley, Fremantle and Murdoch.
Men who have received treatment for prostate cancer within the past six months can volunteer by calling 6304 2329.