New website aims to get men tested for prostate cancer

  • 12/04/2018
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Kupe aims to address the large inequity in testing rates across ethnic groups. Photo credit: File

Men who want help in deciding if a prostrate check is right for them can turn to a new Ministry of Health website, Kupe.

Prostate Cancer Awareness and Improvement Programme chair Professor John Nacey says prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

But he says it affects individuals differently.

"Finding it early can save lives, but not all prostate cancer needs to be treated," Prof Nacey said.

"Because of this, men need to understand the downstream risks and benefits of treatment before having a prostate cancer check, so that they can make an informed decision."

The ministry says Kupe aims to address the large inequity in testing rates across ethnic groups and inconsistencies among GPs over whether men at their practice are checked for prostate cancer.

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