The National Government is putting a $4.3 million programme in place to raise awareness of prostate cancer and ensure all men have access to quality information and care.

This is the first time a New Zealand government has had such a focus on prostate cancer awareness and ensuring men can easily access the latest evidence based information.  One of the resources is a leaflet which includes a checklist to help men decide if they need a prostate check. It asks nine simple yes or no questions, to get men thinking about their prostate health..

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to develop a comprehensive national prostate cancer programme.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in New Zealand – each year around 3000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and the disease kills around 600 men annually.