New research shows imbalances in prostate cancer testing system, too many men dying

Peter Williams 03/09/2021

LISTEN: New research has highlighted the many imbalances in the current system in testing for prostate cancer.

For its launch of Blue September this year, supporting the 42,000 men battling prostate cancer in our country, CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand Peter Dickens is renewing calls for a national screening programme.

He says we need to screen, or prostate cancer won’t be seen.

“Each year, about 3,500 Kiwi men are told they have prostate cancer. Instead, we’d like thousands more to be told they don’t,” Dickens says.

This month is Blue September and this year the Prostate Cancer Foundation aims to raise $1m to fund further research into prostate cancer and support services for men who are diagnosed.

  • To find out more about Blue September and to donate, click here.

“A quick, simple blood test is all it takes to help save the lives of countless New Zealand fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and friends."

Dickens says the current system – where Kiwi men have to request the blood test through their GP, or wait to be offered it – isn’t working. 

"We need to be smarter about how we diagnose this cancer, because early detection is key.”

Listen to the full interview with Peter Dickens above.

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