By Mike Blake
Waikato Business News
Braemar turned blue in September as part of a nationwide campaign to raise prostate cancer awareness.
From September 6 – 12, the hospital was decorated with flowers and ribbons; staff wore blue bows and t-shirts and painted their faces blue to raise awareness of the disease which kills around 600 New Zealand men annually. Blues music also played at the hospital during the week.
A brochure that highlighted the advantages of early detection was made available to all patients and their visitors.
Braemar Hospital oncologist Glen Devcich said. “ Like most New Zealanders we are concerned about the incidents of prostate cancer and want to do whatever we can to raise awareness of the disease. With prostate cancer its often too late when the symptoms become evident – that is why it’s vital to take action and talk to your doctor about the disease now. We hope that by playing our part in this campaign, more men will be proactive in protecting their health.”