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Assessing prostate cancer risk of death – Experts Respond

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 3rd, 2016.

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer can be given a more accurate estimate of their risk of death from the disease, according to new research. A UK-based study, published in PLOS Medicine, used routine measurements – including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing – to group men diagnosed with prostate cancer into five levels of risk. The researchers first […]

Cancer: the cost of a life – NZH special series

John Kerr posted in on November 13th, 2015.

This week the New Zealand Herald has run an extensive five-part series – in print and online – delving deep into controversies in cancer testing and treatment and reporting on the moving stories of people afflicted with cancer. The ‘Cancer: the cost of a life’ series, authored by Herald health reporter Martin Johnston, is supported […]

Prostate cancer survival rates in New Zealand grim

Laura Goodall posted in on May 8th, 2015.

New Zealand men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer need new treatment guidelines to ensure improved, more consistent and more equitable care, according to a new study led by the University of Auckland. The study is the first of its kind to look at the treatment of New Zealand men with metastatic prostate cancer (MPC) and […]

Possible association between the pill and prostate cancer

Peter Griffin posted in on November 15th, 2011.

New research shows that in countries with higher contraceptive pill use by women, men have higher rates of prostate cancer. Canadian epidemiologists identified an association between pill use and prostate cancer after analysing contraceptive and cancer data from 87 nations. Although the research is speculative and causality cannot be identified, the authors suggest that use […]

Nation-wide prostate cancer screening rejected

John Kerr posted in on July 28th, 2011.

The health select committee has advised the government not to implement a national prostate cancer screening programme, but instead promote active monitoring at the GP level. The committee made their recommendations in a report released yesterday, based on their inquiry into early detection and treatment of prostate cancer initiated in May 2009. The committee determined […]

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