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TIMES RECORD: Terry Kungel feels his father received a mixed message about prostate cancer and his treatment options, and more than 40 years later, he worries that men are still not receiving the right information. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: UK men who used an internet site called Prosdex to help them decide on prostate cancer treatment made more informed decisions. READ MORE>

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REUTERS: Even without treatment, only a small minority of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer die from the disease, Swedish researchers report. READ MORE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ: I seem to be hearing from more and more friends and acquaintances that they’ve got prostate cancer.

And it’s not because they know I do this blog. These are people who’ve never read it. Why would they? Who would – until they are diagnosed, of course.

It’s difficult to know what to say to people who contact me. I never give medical advice (I’m not a doctor, after all), but I can tell people where to look for information. I guess that’s something.

It makes me think I should have another close look at current web postings on prostate cancer and update things.

Watch for new postings over the next few weeks.

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WHITIREIA journalism student CARL SUURMOND went to the Chatham Islands with the Prostate Cancer Foundation last weekend. Here’s his first report (see below for his SLIDE SHOW):

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FLYING PROSTATE TEAM: from left, Carl Suurmond, Dene Ainsworth, Daniel Marshall, David Mason, Ash Zoias, Kelvin McDonald and Joe Tapara.

PROSTABLOG NZ: The men of the Chatham Islands are a tough  breed of fishermen and farmers whose work environments have shaped their hardwearing demeanour – but it’s the women of the island who are really tough.

Without the support and encouragement of wives, partners and mothers, many of the male inhabitants of the island may not have turned up at the presentations on prostate cancer held over the weekend.

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Prostate Cancer Foundation board member Dene Ainsworth (left) and Joe Tapara.

That’s the view of Joe Tapara (Ngāti Ruanui),  cultural adviser for the Hao Te Ora o Wharekauri Trust and member of the Chatham Islands Māori Community Health.

“The wives and the partners were the reason why so many men turned up,” he said. “Without them nagging, I’m not sure how many would have bothered.”

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Dene (right) in the jump seat behind the pilots.

The weekend presentations aimed to raise awareness of prostate cancer and promote early detection, with a focus on reducing fatalities amongst Māori men.

Maori are less likely to be diagnosed early and suffer a death rate after diagnosis that is twice that of non-Māori.

The trip was funded and organised by the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation, in conjunction with Māori Community Health and Chatham Island Health Care.

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David Mason (right) and Daniel Marshall get checked out on a boat at Port Hutt.

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ISLAND FOOD: The team is spoiled at Kaingaroa.

The team included the expertise of urologist Dave Mason and trainee urologist registrar Daniel Marshall, both from Hastings.

Otaki’s Dene Ainsworth (Te Āti Awa Iwi), a board member on the foundation, and prostate cancer survivor, shared his own experience during four well-attended presentations to several communities around the island, which is 800km off the coast of Christchurch.

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Dene speaks to one of the Chathams gatherings.

In total, 40 men out of 135 over the age of 40 – and a few women – turned out, and in small communities like Kaingaroa Harbour, Owenga and Port Hutt just about all the male population was there to have their questions and concerns answered.

The tour round the main of the Chathams group was organised by Mr Tapara, with plenty of help from other locals.

Mr Ainsworth said the weekend was a great success and the desired outcome had been achieved.

“It was a bloody awesome weekend.  I think we achieved more than we could have ever hoped for.  The reaction from the islanders was first class and they’re really keen to get us to go back and do this on a regular basis.”

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Mr Mason and his colleague were there to address medical concerns and provide advice.

“I think the turnout has been amazing,” said Dave Mason.  “Each place that we’ve been to, the guys have come out and talked about things in different ways and brought up different concerns.

“There was a good bit of interest and a good spread of age groups.”

Mr Marshall said the men were not shy about asking questions.

“From talking to them afterwards it seems they’ve got a lot out of it.  They certainly haven’t been shy in asking questions and finding out what they want to know, which is what it’s all about.

“Seeing the island, seeing the style of life here, the way everyone gets on so well in the community here – it’s been brilliant.”

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The waterfont at Waitangi, the main settlement.

The weekend came about through a serendipitous meeting between Dene Ainsworth and Joe Tapara at the first-ever Māori men’s health conference, Tane Ora, held in Blenheim earlier this year.

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MAORI TV: Kelvin McMcdonald (left) & Ash Zoias.

Dene spoke about prostate cancer in a presentation at the conference and was heard by Joe Tapara.

The two talked about men’s health and prostate cancer and Joe told Dene that his presentation was needed on the Chatham Islands.

“I agreed that Chatham Islands men should have the same access and opportunity to these sorts of presentations as ‘mainland’ New Zealanders,” said Dene.

The trip, which was funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, was filmed by a crew from Maori Television, which will show it on its top current affairs programme, Native Affairs.

VIEW THE CHATHAM ISLANDS TRIP SLIDESHOW HERE

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JUNE 16: NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFO-LINK:  The whole issue of the appropriateness of cancer screening is starting to become a major public health issue, closely and inevitably associated with cancer risk, writes Mike Scott. READ MORE>

“The New Prostate Cancer Infolink believes we can expect strong feelings to be expressed on both sides of this issue over the next few years, and we want to go on record now as stating that the currently available data for and against the appropriateness of screening for almost every form of cancer is generally very poor.

“We are never going to be able to resolve any of these issues until be get a lot better at at least some — and preferably all — of the following:

  • The early differential diagnosis of cancers by clinical risk — in other words, being able to have much better understanding at the time of diagnosis of who really needs aggressive treatment because their cancer may either shorten their life or severely affect its quality.
  • Explaining to individual patients why aggressive treatment may not be  in their best interests if they have every indication of low risk, indolent forms of cancer.
  • Alignment of physicians’ financial reimbursement with truly appropriate medical practice — so that a urologist (for example) is as reasonably compensated for convincing a 70-year-old patient that expectant management is probably an excellent form of care for his prostate cancer, given his particular circumstances, as the urologist would be for carrying out a radical prostatectomy.
  • Teaching society that the vast majority of cancer diagnoses have long since ceased to be a death sentence (although there are still plenty of exceptions to that statement).”

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JUNE 16: HULIQ NEWS: An online decision tool created in part by a US graduate student helps men diagnosed with prostate cancer sort through an intimidating flurry of possible treatments and customise prostate cancer treatment plans of their own. READ MORE>

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JUNE 13: MODERN MEDICINE: The treatments for localised prostate cancer — prostatectomy, brachytherapy, and external radiation — have varied side effect profiles, and these should be taken into consideration in the selection of a treatment, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. READ MORE>

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JUNE 6: URO TODAY: Patients with prostate cancer (PCa) are presented with multiple therapeutic options, but the evidence supporting a survival benefit with current PCa therapies is often limited and data directly comparing the available options are lacking. READ MORE>

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JUNE 3: MEDSCAPE TODAY: Moderate to vigorous physical activity during young adulthood may help offset the increased risk for prostate cancer in black men, according to a study presented here at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. READ MORE>

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