Braemar Hospital turns blue in September as part of a nationwide campaign to raise prostate cancer awareness.
From September 6-12, the hospital will be decorated with blue flowers and ribbons; staff will wear blue bows and t-shirts and paint their faces blue to raise awareness of the disease which kills around 600 New Zealand men annually. Blues music will play at the hospital during the week.
A brochure that highlights the advantages of early detection will be made available to all patients and their visitors.
Braemar Hospital urologist Glen Devcich says “like most New Zealanders, we are concerned about the incidents of prostate cancer and want to do whatever we can to raise awareness of the disease.
“With prostate cancer it’s often too late when the symptoms become evident – that’s why it’s vital to take action and talk to your doctor about the disease now. We hope that by playing our part in this campaign, more men will be proactive in protecting their health.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand men. Men who develop prostate cancer are mostly over the age of 65. It rarely occurs in men younger than 50. It is estimated at least half the deaths from prostate cancer could have been prevented if cancer had been diagnosed and treated early enough.
Braemar Hospital urologist John Leyland welcomes the awareness campaign. He says “there is a great deal of worrying being done by men who need not be concerned.
“There are many misconceptions about prostate disease in general and prostate cancer in particular.
“Up-to-date information will go a long way towards correcting these misconceptions. I would encourage men over 50 to have an annual check for prostate cancer.”
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