It’s that time of year when more than a few men suddenly sprout facial hair in support of Movember.  Movember is a Cancer Society fundraiser but more importantly draws attention to the fact it is important that all of us – men and women – keep an eye on our health.

Lung cancer is still the biggest killer in New Zealand in cancer deaths, but the most common diagnoses of cancer are prostate cancer followed by bowel and breast cancers.

The Government has delivered on its promise to breast cancer sufferers to supply the 12-month course of Herceptin, and 400 women are currently taking the drug.

The health select committee is currently looking into ways to improve early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

Movember reminds us that we need to take our health seriously, and regular checks can make a big difference.