BLUE SEPTEMBER 2020

August 24, 2020

SMITS GROUP CONTINUES TO HELP FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER

Hasn’t 2020 been one of the most difficult years to navigate? With the ever present and evolving situation presented by Covid-19 and the effects it has had on the country, both emotionally and financially. While our industry has been affected, we are still a very resilient bunch. I for one back us up to get through this with strength, our team is here to support throughout.


Speaking of support, Smits Group is once again joining up with Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ. Our position in regards to this charity and its cause remains the same. We believe it is vitally important to spread the message about the reality of Prostate Cancer in our country, what our guys can do to reduce their risk, to help raise funds for research and more importantly fund programs to help those impacted get the treatment they need and support for themselves and family.


We come to work every day and consider our health and safety within our businesses and jobs by looking at our surroundings, changing some of the products we use to safer substances. We think carefully about what is worn to do the job be it gloves, mask, overalls etc. and that’s fantastic. Outside of work we are practicing new and evolving layers of safety measures to keep our families and communities safe but what I want you all to also consider for your business, workmates and most of all your family and friends is to just go and get a simple PSA blood test. No swab up the nose or test up the bum, just a PSA blood test. That’s it – no biggie. Get in, get it done, job done and breathe.


The statistics remain high and the funding remains low when compared to other causes. We don’t wish to take away from other causes, but Prostate Cancer absolutely requires and deserves more support. We plan to continue to remind you and will focus our voice at strategic times to get the darned test!! During Blue September you will see ongoing and special programs to raise funds – events if we can but much online activity at the very least.


Don’t worry we will also be tipping in!


We launch our program again with Blue September. Through Smits Group we have selected several ‘blue’ lines that by simply purchasing what you would normally use will contribute to Blue September fund. Please look for the ribbon tabs onsite for selected lines. We also give you the opportunity to add $5 if you choose when you confirm your purchase.


Our aim has always been to keep strong and focused on the future so please do look after yourselves.


Darlene Smits

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Meguiars Ceramic Range (G190526, G200200, G200416, G200526) - $1 per bottle given to PCNZ

Meguiars Marine Range - $1 per bottle given to PCNZ

Starts 1 September 2020

 

BLUE SEPTEMBER 2020

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
  • 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

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For more information:

www.bluesptember.org.nz

www.prostate.org.nz

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