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IRISH TIMES.COM: Four out of every five Irish men diagnosed with prostate cancer will still be alive in five years. READ MORE>

Improvements in survival rates are being attributed to increased screening, better surgery and multidisciplinary care.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: If only 3% of US men diagnosed with prostate cancer die, what’s happening in NZ, where the proportion is 20%?

The 3% figure pops up in Mike Scott‘s latest discussion on PSA testing for prostate cancer, when he says:

…the number of men in America who die of prostate cancer today is believed to be significantly less than three for every 100 men diagnosed. (New Prostate Cancer Infolink)

Compare that with NZ, where about 3000 prostate cancer diagnoses are registered each year – and 600 men die each year. That’s 20%.

Does the NZ Ministry of Health have some explaining to do?

Read Mike’s discussion HERE>

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NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: How long have you got to live if your prostate cancer spreads after initial treatment?

We have been told that the median survival of a man diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer today may be as much as 5-6 years, but actual data to support this belief are very hard to come by, writes Mike Scott. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Patients of low socio-economic class were found to be at increased risk of dying as a result of their prostate cancer, say Swiss researchers. READ MORE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The survival rate for prostate cancer patients in NZ increased more than 12% in the seven years to 2006, according to the Ministry of Health. READ MORE>

The prostate cancer survival gain is the best of five major cancer sites (prostate, breast, coloectal, cervical and lung), says the Ministry’s annual report released this week.

Maori continue to show poor results.

On cancer survival, the report says:

Cancer survival is a key outcome measure of cancer control and provides useful insights into the effectiveness of health care in detecting and treating cancer. Five-year cancer survival rates are a direct measure of the effectiveness of the health system in treating cancer.

The five-year relative survival rate has increased for all five major cancer sites.

This increase was in the region of 5–6 percent for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers and over 12 percent for prostate cancer in the seven years since 1997/98.

The survival rate for lung cancer is significantly less than for other cancer sites and has improved the least.

Survival graph

Ethnic minorities

Five-year relative survival rates show Maori at a marked disadvantage compared with the non-Maori/non-Pacific ethnic group for five selected cancer sites.

Of all ethnic groups, Pacific people show the lowest relative survival rates for female breast and cervical cancers.

Efforts to increase the number of Pacific women being screened through cancer screening programmes should help to identify greater numbers of women in need of cancer treatment in the future.

Maori survival

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HULIQ NEWS: Prostate cancer patients of low socio-economic status are more likely to die than patients with higher incomes, according to a new study from Swiss researchers. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: US men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the early 1990s have had significantly better survival rates compared with patients diagnosed in prior decades. READ MORE>

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