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AAFP NEWS NOW: Men shouldn’t just rush in to get screened for prostate cancer, says a US family doctor organisation – they need to talk it over with their physician first.

The American Academy of Family Physicians is warning the world-wide Blue September prostate cancer awareness campaign may be confusing men and their doctors. READ MORE>

In recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, many of your male patients (and their wives) may have been reading, hearing and seeing news reports, commercials and public service announcements encouraging men to be screened for the disease.

However, the AAFP has concluded that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening in men younger than age 75, and the Academy actually recommends against screening men 75 and older.

Those AAFP recommendations agree with those of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

The academy quotes family physician and USPSTF member Michael LeFevre, who says the vast majority of the messages coming from professional medical and consumer health organisations and public health agencies about prostate cancer screening are consistent in saying that:

…men should be given all the information they need to make informed decisions about whether to be screened for prostate cancer.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: It’s a powerful way to get the message about prostate cancer death across to people – 600 blue crosses laid out on the forecourt of the country’s national museum.

But not everyone noticed.

In fact some people walked right through the crosses outside Te Papa Museum in Wellington, one man road his bike over them – and a press photographer insisted on standing in the middle of them to get his shot.


CROSSED PATH: This man didn't notice because he had his hands full of takeaways.



...to restore the crosses to order.


He returned, embarrassed...

The majority of passersby, however, looked where they were going and paid due respect to the graphic reminder there are 600 prostate cancer deaths in NZ each year.

crosses8Many stopped at the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ stand to get their faces painted.

A brief moments’ silence was orchestrated by Rev Wiremu Herbert, a chaplain from Wellington Hospital.

He has officiated at 10 tangi in Wellington this year for Maori men who have died of the disease.

A few words were said to the crowd who’d gathered by the co-chair of the Wellington branch of the PCF, Doreen Morrison.


Prostate over Parliament - a first for the PCF flag.

Some people took the opportunity to write on the crosses the names of loved ones who have been lost to the cancer.

(In my case, I wrote the name of renowned Wellington journalist and editor Frank Haden, who died a few years ago).

In what was a coup for the foundation, Parliament agreed to fly two Blue September/PCF flags on the flagpoles outside the Beehive and Parliament buildings.

Fitting timing, given the first hearing for the Health Select Committee inquiry into prostate cancer was held this week.

Blue Friday events were held around the country, with schools and businesses urged to encourage students and staff to come to work in blue clothing and paint their faces in the now-familiar Blue September paint.

With just a few days to go of the second-ever Blue September in NZ, organisers MWCMedia and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are declaring the initiative a major success, with awareness of the disease raised everywhere.

In one special Blue September project, a team of urologists and media flew to the Chatham Islands from Wellington today to talk to the male population and offer free tests to men.

According to a health worker on the island, Joe Tapara, there are about 153 eligible men, 67% of them Maori and/or Moriori. He knows of three cases of prostate cancer on the island.

Asked how they react to the offer of prostate tests, he said: “Not very keen. As soon as they get symptoms, they’re keen.”


Reverend Wiremu Herbert is interviewed by Maori TV.


Wellington prostate patient Dermott Burn gets Blue September colouring from Doreen Morisson.


Award-winning Dominion Post photographer Kent Blechynden gets amongst it.


For the first time, Prostate Cancer Foundation flags fly outside Parliament.


Little crosses make a big one outside the front doors of Te Papa Museum.


Malaysian student Jade Chiam applies paint to a young recruit.


Jade Chiam (left) and Tejmeet Singh put the crosses in place.


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crossesPROSTABLOG NZ: Some 600 blue crosses will be positioned at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington this Friday at Te Papa Museum to remember the 600 men who die every year of prostate cancer.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ has invited 600 members of the public to come at 12.30pm and take a cross in remembrance of those men who have died and support making changes that will reduce this number for the future.

A kaumatua will say a karakia and supporters will observe two minutes silence.

This Friday is Blue Friday, part of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s major awareness and fundraising campaign, Blue September.

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THE WELLINGTONIAN: A story and picture reporting Sunday’s Blue September dawn walk appear in today’s edition of one of the Wellington city community newspapers, The Wellingtonian. Big thanks to editor Joseph Romanos.


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PROSTABLOG NZ: One of the icons of this year’s Blue September prostate awareness campaign – former All Black captain Buck Shelford (left) – will be in Porirua early this Friday at a fund-raising barbeque.

He’s special guest at the event being staged by the city’s Placemakers store.

A number of Placemakers staff members will be shaving their heads to help raise money for the prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ, for whom Blue September is the annual awareness event.

Buck and the BBQ kick off at 7am.

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FACE ART: Neel and Kate get ready to walk.

PROSTABLOG NZ: Dozens turned out to a perfect Wellington dawn today to walk in remembrance of those who have died from prostate cancer.

They took part in the Capital city’s Blue September Dawn Walk, one of three around the country organised by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ to boost prostate cancer awareness.

SEE slide show of pictures HERE>

The walkers started from a stand outside Freyberg Pool on Oriental Parade and trekked around one of the scenic paths on the city side of Mt Victoria, a leisurely hour-long trek.

They included young people who had lost relatives to the disease, and several men who have undergone treatment, one as recently as six weeks ago.

WellDawn14 Surgeon Rod Studd

BLUE SURGEON: Urologist Rodney Studd gets a blue koru from Geoff Burton.

For two of the walkers (including this writer), it was a chance to compare notes about recent surgery.

Then, by coincidence, the surgeon who did both operations earlier this year, Rodney Studd, happened along on a walk with his children.

Like most of the participants, Rod had his face adorned with a couple of blue koru by walk organiser Geoff Burton, of MWC Media.

WellDawn16 - Lene Sipili, Parade Cafe manager

FREE COFFEE: Lene Sipili serves up drinks.

The bravest man of the day was John Russell.

He was walking into the nearby pool in just his togs when he agreed to endure the early morning chill to have his body and face decorated.

One of the most popular men was Lene Sipili, manager of the Parade Cafe, over the street from the Freyberg Pool.

He and his staff served free coffees for all those who took part in the morning event.

For Paula and her dog Annie, attending the walk was something of an accident – she thought it was a rally for Corgis.

Geoff Burton made sure the friendly Corgi got into the spirit of the morning – with a blue stripe on her head, just out of reach of her tongue.

Walks were also staged in Auckland, starting from Totara Park in Manurewa, and in Napier, where the dawn was delayed to a more leisurely 10am.

For more video of today’s Wellington walk, CLICK HERE>


DAWN DAWNS: Setting up for the walk.


DAWN WALKING: The Wellington strollers set off along Oriental Parade.


PROSTATE DOGS - no, actually, they're all females.

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Paul Hutchison


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.

He will be one of the Blue September prostate cancer “dawn walkers” in Manukau City this weekend.

His allegiance to the cause of reducing confusion about prostate cancer and advice given to men was strongly established earlier this month when he published an opinion piece in the Capital city’s morning newspaper, the Dominion Post.



In that, he called the present situation “untenable”.

His stance contrasts strongly with at least one other member of the Health Select Committee, Green list MP Kevin Hague, who called it a waste of time as soon as it was announced in June.

Dr Hutchison’s tramp through early morning Auckland will be on one of three dawn walks for Blue September that kick off at 7am this Sunday – in Wellington, Napier and Manukau City.

The Wellington one starts at the Freyberg Pool in Oriental Parade, the Napier jaunt from the Soundshell in Marine Parade, and the Auckland one goes from Totara Park in Manurewa.

Particpants are encouraged to turn up in blue clothing and wearing blue face paint, like that worn by the campaign’s celebrity figureheads, Buck Shelford, Paul Holmes, and TVNZ reporter John Sellwood.


WELLERS DAWN WALK: Around Mt Vic - 7am Sunday - start at Freyberg Pool.

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