Topic: Health

Prostate cancer claims more lives than annual road toll in NZ

By Numia Ponika-Rangi
Blue September

Ministry of Health statistics show more Kiwi men die annually of prostate cancer than the national road toll.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, or Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer, because men don't know how dangerous the disease is, they don't talk to their doctor about it, they simply don't do anything about it.

Education is the key, a healthy lifestyle, could contribute to the early detection and prevention of this disease. 

2007-2009 statistics indicate, over 3000 men registered with the disease, over 600 of them died.

Most likely to get the cancer are men over 65s, and 1 out of 13 men over 75.

72% of Māori men registered with the disease will die of prostate cancer.

Your support for Blue September will educate the public about prostate and testicular cancers, support men diagnosed with these cancers, and contribute funding towards prostate and testicular cancer research.

For more information, you can check out the Blue September website.