Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blue September 2014 + Prostate Cancer Awareness

Blue September Ambassadors.
Blue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. I joined the team of ambassadors for Blue September in 2010, supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and helping raise awareness of the third most common cause of cancer death for men in New Zealand. My dad died at 55 of cancer, so I'm letting men know that they need to look after themselves.

It's about getting the message out there that it's okay to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills more than 600 men in New Zealand every year. Thousands more are diagnosed - many of them far too late. By going and getting a check-up from the age of 40, you are not only taking responsibility for your own health, you are also ensuring we have communities with more dads, sons, brothers and grandfathers.

Some sobering facts:
  • 3000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer in NZ 
  • 600 die from metastatic/advanced prostate cancer each year in NZ 
  • Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in NZ and the 3rd most common cause of cancer death in men 
  • 1 in 10 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime 
  • Maori men are 72% more likely to die of prostate cancer once diagnosed than non-Maori men 
Early detection offers the best prospect of effective treatment and positive outcomes. Men should have their first PSA blood test check at age 40 to establish a baseline level for future monitoring. Men 50+ should have an annual PSA and DRE check with their GP.


The Streak and Marc Ellis.
How can you help support Blue September?

Wear a blue ribbon. Blue ribbons are available for purchase at sponsors’ retail outlets throughout New Zealand such as PlaceMakers, The Coffee Club, Cory’s Electrical, Auto Super Shoppes, Mad Butcher, Farmlands, Unichem and Life Pharmacies. Each ribbon is given in return for a gold coin donation.

Buy some fresh undies. To help raise funds PlaceMakers stores are selling the very popular Swanndri undies which cost $25, with $10 donated to the charity from every pair sold.

Attend an event. The calendar is filled with events planned by sponsors, community groups and other businesses. Look out for the PlaceMakers’ ‘superhero’ - Blue Streak- who will once again be ‘streaking’ the nation to help raise awareness and he may be at a number of these key events and across media channels.

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/blueseptembernz
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-September-New-Zealand/171386096256873
On the website: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

Thank you for supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Blue September 2014.

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