Braemar sings the blues

Braemar Hospital turned blue in September as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
From September 13-17, the hospital was decorated with blue flowers and ribbons; staff wore blue bows and t-shirts and painted their faces blue to raise awareness of the disease which kills 600 New Zealand men annually. Child patients at the hospital will be given blue blow-up toys and blues music will play at both Braemar hospitals during the week.
A brochure that highlighted the advantages of early detection was made available to all patients and their visitors.
Braemar Hospital chairman Dr Rob Cameron 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 it’s often too late when the symptoms become evident – that’s 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.”
Prostate cancer affects one in 10 New Zealand men. It is estimated at least half the deaths from prostate cancer could have been prevented if cancer had been diagnosed and treated early enough.
Braemar urologist Pat Bary welcomes the awareness campaign. He says there is a great deal of worrying been done by men who need not be mconcerned. “There are many misconceptions about prostate disease in general and prostate cancer in particular. Informed comment will go a long way towards correcting the misinformation.”
Blue September was launched three years ago to raise awareness of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, which is made up of cancer survivors and their families.