Prostate cancer — key messages
* 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.