Prevalence of Opportunistic Prostate Cancer Screening in New Zealand

This paper quantifies the prevalence of opportunistic prostate cancer screening in New Zealand in 2008

Published online: 
02 October 2010
Prevalence of Opportunistic Prostate Cancer Screening in NZ cover.

Executive Summary

  • Prostate cancer is the commonest malignancy (apart from skin cancer) affecting men in New Zealand, with more than 2,400 men registered with this cancer in 2005.
  • The rate of registration of prostate cancer has approximately trebled since 1990.
  • This project was undertaken to describe the prevalence of, and factors associated with, opportunistic screening for prostate cancer using PSA tests in primary care in New Zealand.
  • Male participants aged 40 to 74 years old were randomly selected from the general electoral rolls.
  • The samples were weighted towards Maori participants.
  • In addition to ever having had a PSA test, four further PSA test outcome variables covering 2time periods (2008, or 2003-2007) were collected.
  • The consent rate was 78% in non-Maori men and 73% in Maori men.
  • 49% of participants had ever had a PSA test.
  • 18% of participants had a screening PSA test (without LUTS) in primary care in 2008 and
  • 22% had had a screening PSA test (without LUTS) in the previous 5 years.
  • Most PSA tests taken in primary care were taken in asymptomatic men.
  • 50% of non-Maori participants had ever had a PSA test compared to 47% of Maori.
  • 29% of Maori participants and 21% of non-Maori men reported visiting a doctor because of urological symptoms between 2003 and 2008.
  • 67% of Maori men in the Southern region reported a previous PSA test; significantly morethan other THAs.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 October 2010
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-36687-7 (online)
  • HP number:
    5239
  • Citation:
    National Screening Advisory Committee, 2010. Prevalence of Opportunistic Prostate Cancer Screening in New Zealand. A report for the National Screening Advisory Committee, Ministry of Health. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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