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Paul HutchisonPROSTABLOG 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 from when his committee will be hearing submissions to its inquiry into prostate cancer screening and treatment.

That a leading New Zealand urologist, Robin Smart, recently concluded ‘‘the evidence suggests that between 200 and 300 of the 600 men who die annually of prostate cancer could be saved by current technology’’ indicates greater efforts need to be made, he writes.

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JULY 2: GUIDE2.CO.NZ: Parliament’s health select committee has issued terms of reference for its inquiry into early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

The inquiry was announced on May 27 and the committee said today it would:

  • Seek a summary of the contemporary literature on the subject including incidence, mortality, groups at risk and testing options;
  • Seek opinions from asymptomatic men and patient advocacy groups;
  • seek opinions from specialist clinicians, radiation oncologists, urologists and general practitioners, epidemiologists and ministry officials;
  • Seek the best methods to promote awareness for early detection and treatment; and
  • Seek a cost benefit analysis, if appropriate.

The committee said it would call for submissions in the next few days.

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