Early detection and treatment of prostate cancer On 27 May 2009 the Health Committee initiated an inquiry into early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. This is an important health issue because approximately 2,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in New Zealand each year, and there are around 600 deaths per year. The terms of reference for this inquiry are as follows: 1. To seek 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). This will also include the results of the New Zealand Guidelines Group screening review due in November 2009. 2. To seek 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. To seek best methods to promote awareness for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. 4. To seek a cost benefit analysis, if appropriate.
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