Prostate can­cer — key mes­sages

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* One in eight New Zealand men will de­velop prostate can­cer in their life­time.

* One man is di­ag­nosed ev­ery three hours, and one or more men die from prostate can­cer each day.

* Over 3000 men are di­ag­nosed and over 600 die each year from prostate can­cer.

* About 26,000 men are liv­ing with prostate can­cer and many are sup­ported by the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion. * Prostate can­cer is a fam­ily is­sue — there is higher risk if brothers, fa­thers, un­cles have had prostate can­cer.

* Early de­tec­tion saves lives. Men and their GPs need to be vig­i­lant when it comes to prostate checks.

* Men over the age of 40 should have reg­u­lar prostate checks if there is a fam­ily his­tory, or an an­nual check if aged be­tween 50-70.

* An an­nual prostate check in­cludes both a PSA blood test and a dig­i­tal rec­tal ex­am­i­na­tion.

* Signs and symp­toms to look out for in­clude uri­nary prob­lems, blood in urine or se­men, bone pain es­pe­cially in the spine.

* Be aware be­cause prostate can­cer in the early stages, when it is most treat­able, usu­ally has no symp­toms.

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