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new-zealand-parliamentJULY 20: PROSTABLOG NZ: New Zealanders have until August 21 to make submissions to the world’s only current parliamentary inquiry into prostate cancer screening.

Terms of reference for the inquiry by the Health Select Committee were announced today. The committee seeks:

1.      A summary of the contemporary literature on the subject including, incidence, mortality, groups at risk, testing options (with particular reference to age and family history, treatment and what other countries are doing).

2.    Opinions from –

  • affected and asymptomatic men, their families, patient advocacy groups including the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the National Screening Advisory Committee;
  • specialist clinicians, radiation oncologists, urologists and general practitioners;
  • epidemiologists, and those involved with the Ministry of Health, New Zealand Guidelines Group.

3.    Best methods to promote awareness for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

4.    A cost benefit analysis, if appropriate.

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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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