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BLUE SEPTEMBER IS PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH



Our Mission

To provide an environment empowering men to make informed decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

Throughout New Zealand, we offer peer support to men, and their families, who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and we actively promote awareness of this disease through community promotions, including our Blue September campaign month.

PCFA Ask The Experts Webcast

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) will be presenting their next Ask the Experts webcast – Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know on Wednesday 20 September 9.00pm NZST

Join the PCFA for this free, online Q&A webcast with a panel of leading health experts to answer your questions about prostate cancer – from risk factors and diagnosis through to treatment and management of side effects. This webcast will also explore how to navigate the different options presented after a diagnosis and the services available to men and their families. (Please note that not all options and services discussed may be available in New Zealand).

Registration is free, and all questions will be anonymous so if you have a tricky question about your situation that you have not been able to ask – here is your chance.

For further information and to register go to www.pcfa.org.au/asktheexperts

Right To Be Tested

The Prostate Cancer Foundation has taken a keen interest in cases where doctors have discouraged or refused to test men despite being tests being requested by the patient. This follows from the tragic case of Graeme Pollard who was diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer last year after being discouraged from tests by 2 GP’s despite asking for them.

So amid all the debate about prostate PSA tests, we are encouraged to see a doctor make the argument for and support the right of men to be tested if they so wish, and then make their own informed decisions based on the information from their tests. “Dr Tom: It’s my prostate and I want it checked, thank you”

Latest News


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