Blue September 2020

More than 600 Kiwi men will die this year from prostate cancer

 

Mates, fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers – if you haven't been directly affected by prostate cancer, you're bound to know someone who has.

 

This year it's personal.

For Blue September Ambassador Jason Gunn, Blue September 2020 is much more personal. Long-time friend and puppeteer Alan Henderson died in February from prostate cancer.

It's only when prostate cancer affects someone close to you, that it becomes a real thing. It happened to Jason with the death of Alan, and this becomes the overarching theme of our 2020 Blue September campaign.

A generation of New Zealanders will remember Thingee from the Son of a Gunn Show.

Jason says, "this year, my mate Alan lost his battle with prostate cancer, which means Thingee lost his voice. But if he could talk, he'd ask you to help us fight this".

 


 

About Prostate Cancer

 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand men – 1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, with 1 man diagnosed every 3 hours. More than 600 men die from prostate cancer each year, that's around the same number as women who die from breast cancer.

Early detection saves lives. It's as simple as that.

Men between 50-70 years old should have annual prostate checks that includes both a PSA blood test and a (DRE) digital rectal examination. If there's a family history, you are at higher risk and testing should begin at 40 years. Talk to your doctor if you have a family history.

Prostate cancer is a family issue – there is a higher risk if brothers, fathers, uncles have had prostate cancer. If a man has two or more first-degree relatives who were diagnosed with prostate cancer under the age of 65 years, then his risk increases by 5-11 times.

The effects of having prostate cancer can be devastating on relationships, finances and careers, that's why the
Prostate Cancer Foundation is here to provide support and information to you and your families going through the prostate cancer journey.

 


 

 

     

 

 

Every effort, every activity, every dollar, every cent,
however small, helps Prostate Cancer Foundation to
improve the health outcomes of Kiwi men.

Thank you!