PROSTATE CANCER FAST FACTS 2019

  Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand
National Office
PO Box 301313 Albany, Auckland 0752, New Zealand
P 09 415 2405
Freephone 0800 4 PROSTATE (0800 477 678)
E info@prostate.org.nz W www.prosate.org.nz
Registered NZ Charity No CC30635

BLUE SEPTEMBER 2019

PROSTATE CANCER FAST FACTS - WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW ZEALAND?

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Kiwi men and the third highest cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer and bowel cancer
  • 1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • 10 men are diagnosed every day
  • Over 3000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s on par with breast cancer diagnosis levels
    o Over 600 Kiwi men die from prostate cancer each year, that’s 1 or 2 men every day
  • An estimated 41,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are living in New Zealand
  • Maori men are 72 per cent more likely to die of prostate cancer once they are diagnosed than non-Maori men
  • 61% of prostate cancer survivors surveyed said they had no symptoms when diagnosed
  • Prostate cancer is a family issue – if a man has two or more first-degree relatives who were diagnosed with prostate cancer under the age of 65 years, then his risk increases by 5–11 times

IMPACT:

  • Between 10%-20% of men with prostate cancer progress to advanced/metastatic prostate cancer within 3-5 years
  • The effects of having prostate cancer can be devastating on relationships, finances and careers, affecting not just families, but friendships, workplaces and wider communities
  • Often those treated are left with unwelcome outcomes of incontinence and erectile dysfunction

About the testing process:

  • Early detection saves lives – it’s as simple as that. Prostate cancer is very treatable when diagnosed early
  • A PSA blood test is all it takes to start the process – simple and quick
  • If you’re between 50-70 then consider an annual prostate check that includes both a PSA blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE)
  • Men over the age of 40 are strongly recommended to have regular prostate checks if there is a family history of prostate cancer
  • Following preliminary blood or DRE tests, if there is an abnormality in results, a biopsy will be taken to make a diagnosis. Additionally, there are bone scans, MRI scans and PET/CT scans which determine treatment options

For more information:
www.bluesptember.org.nz
www.prostate.org.nz

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