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MIL OSI – Source: University Of Auckland – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Prostate cancer study praised

Health Minister, Tony Ryall has praised a report from a three year $900,000 University of Auckland study into prostate cancer care.

The report shows most men and their families are pleased with the care they received.

At the launch of the final report from the Midlands Prostate Cancer Study in Hamilton, Ryall said the study made interesting reading and contributed significantly to the evidence base around prostate cancer in New Zealand.

The study was conducted by the Midland Cancer Network in conjunction with researchers from the University of Auckland.

“The study showed good results for men with prostate cancer. There is a high survival rate – with a majority of men surviving over ten years,” he said.   “It has also identified areas where we can make future improvements to the work already being done to improve patient care.”

Ryall congratulated Professor Ross Lawrenson and his team of researchers from the University of Auckland for their excellent work in completing this project and delivering such a comprehensive report.

The report made eighteen recommendations which supported the work already underway by the Ministry of Health to improve health outcomes for men with prostate cancer, he said.

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst New Zealand men and each year, around 3,000 New Zealand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The three year study, commissioned in 2010, was funded by the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council.

“The government is committed to improving outcomes for these men. We have invested an extra $4.3 million to raise awareness of prostate cancer among men and their families, and to ensure men have better access to quality information and care

 “This government recognises the value of research to the health of New Zealanders and that’s why we announced $78 million in health research funding as part of the 2014 Health Research Council of New Zealand funding round,” he said.

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