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PROSTABLOG NZ:  HERE are four key issues the NZ Parliamentary inquiry into the detection and treatment of prostate cancer ought now to be focusing on: Mass screening…or not: Not. The evidence in favour of mass screening of all middle-aged men for prostate cancer is not sufficiently strong in statistical terms to overcome the counter-arguments concerning […]

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PROSTABLOG NZ: Exact meaning of the word “encourage” will be pivotal  in the continuing New Zealand saga on how best to prevent prostate cancer. “We will be encouraging men to go to their GPs to discuss options…including whether or not they should have a PSA test,” says the chairman of Parliament’s inquiry into prostate cancer, […]

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The ideological debate about prostate cancer screening hasn’t moved along much in New Zealand over the past few years. I’m judging this from an anecdote a guest speaker at my journalism course told students this week. An experienced journalist, she said a few years ago she was writing a piece for NZ Listener […]

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The Health Select Committee has asked the Prostate Cancer Foundation to send any cases it knows about of men being declined prostate cancer tests by doctors to the Health and Disability Commissioner.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The battle lines were drawn at today’s first hearing of the NZ Parliamentary inquiry into prostate cancer – “vested interests” versus those who guard the country’s public medical system.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: MP Paul Hutchison – chair of the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into prostate cancer – is making no secret of where his sympathies lie when it comes to increasing awareness of the disease.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The widespread confusion many men feel over the advice they receive on early detection and treatment of prostate cancer is untenable, says Dr Paul Hutchison, chairman of the NZ Parliamentary Health Select Committee. READ MORE> He says this in an article he wrote for today’s Dominion Post newspaper in Wellington, just two weeks […]

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SEPTEMBER, 2009

SEPTEMBER 30: PROSTABLOG NZ: A minor matter for the record – as of today, the author of this blogsite, Jim Tucker, is no longer a member of the board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ. READ MORE> SEPTEMBER 30: PROSTABLOG NZ: Why would anyone say that getting prostate cancer was actually good for them? […]

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PROSTATE INQUIRY

How does ‘encouraging’ men to have PSA tests differ from mass screening? PROSTABLOG NZ 2/4/2011: Exact meaning of the word “encourage” will be pivotal  in the continuing New Zealand saga on how best to prevent prostate cancer. “We will be encouraging men to go to their GPs to discuss options…including whether or not they should have […]

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JUNE 27: OTAGO DAILY TIMES: Many men in New Zealand are suffering side effects after radiotherapy and surgery for prostate cancer which would never have killed them, and a screening programme would increase this, says University of Otago public health researcher Dr Brian Cox.

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