Recently, the latest Parliament's Health Committee report on prostate cancer has been released. It is expected that some GPs might change their consultations with male patients following this report, which the RNZCGP is not likely to recommend.
Rather, according to college president Harry Pert, in further times, this report should be used as a piece of information available for all and it should be in fact updated in practices in a much more refined way.
As told by the committee Chair, National MP Paul Hutchison to New Zealand Doctor, this report plays a vital role in discovering irregular diagnosis and treatment.
As said by Dr. Hutchison, the committee's inquiry has even moved the issue on from 2004 when the ministry openly warned men against having a PSA test at any of the age group.
During a Health Committee media release, Dr. Hutchison also referred to the confusion that occurs among men and some of the doctor panels. As told by him, in many cases the doctors either do not inform their patients about the tests involved, else dissuade them from having the same.
However, in contrast to this, urological surgeons presented that most of the times, men suffering from advanced prostate cancer are found to be frustrated and angry. In fact, they don’t even have the appropriate knowledge or choice to seek a PSA test.
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