For GPs

New Prostate Cancer Resource Launched In NZ

19 Apr 2018

A new website has been launched aimed at helping New Zealand men learn more about the prostate cancer check-up process.

The Kupe website aims to address inequalities in prostate cancer testing rates across the country’s ethnic groups and also increase awareness of the disease among both GPs and the general public.

It features valuable information about prostate cancer symptoms, treatment options and how, when and if a check for prostate cancer is actually needed.  The website also offers advice on assisting a loved one who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“Finding prostate cancer early can save lives, but not all prostate cancer needs to be treated,” NZ Prostate Cancer Awareness and Improvement Program Chair, Professor John Nacey, said.

“Because of this, men need to understand the downstream risks and benefits of treatment before having a prostate cancer check so that they can make an informed decision.”

The NZ Ministry of Health supports the new Kupe website, which is providing men with prostate cancer information.

An estimated 3000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to be diagnosed in New Zealand this year.

Targeting Cancer Clinical Lead Sandra Turner welcomed the new resource as a way to further empower men to take part in their decision making around this disease.

“Anything that gives men more information about prostate cancer is a positive step,” she said.

“New Zealand men should be aware of all treatment options available to them, whether that be active surveillance or active treatment. For men that need treatment surgery and radiation therapy are equally effective in curing the disease.

“We hope the website helps raise awareness among both GPs and patients about prostate cancer, helps them make informed decisions, and ultimately helps save more lives.”

More information is available via the NZ Ministry of Health website by clicking here.

More information about how radiation therapy can both treat and diagnose prostate cancer is available from the Targeting Cancer website by clicking here.