Qatar Cancer Society launches campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer
09 Nov 2017 - 0:19
Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has launched ‘Be Moustache: Check ‘ campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer, which is the second most common cancer in men in Qatar and the world, and the fifth biggest cause of deaths in men from cancer globally.
QCS is holding awareness lectures and workshops involving various sectors in the country to raise awareness about the symptoms of the disease, the risk factors, as well as methods of prevention and treatment methods available for the disease.
Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, Supervisor of Health Education at QCS, said, “Globally, more than one million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 300,000 died due to the disease in 2012.”
“Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. The prostate is a gland found only in males. The prostate is a gland located in the lower urinary tract, under the bladder and around the urethra,” he added.
The chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50, men family history of prostate cancer men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products and fewer fruits and vegetables appear to have a slightly higher chance of getting prostate cancer.
About another risk factors are obesity, smoking, exposure to chemicals and inflammation of the prostate gland may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Abu Rasheed also stressed about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer and said, “Prostate cancer at early stages usually shows no symptoms. More advanced prostate cancers sometimes present symptoms. In most cases, symptoms are showed as prostatic enlargement, or as an infection. Therefore it is important to see a doctor to find the exact cause for these symptoms.”
Prostate cancer can often be found early by testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in a man’s blood or the physical exam of the prostate gland. If the PSA level in your blood is too high or abnormal physical exam of the prostate gland, this suggests that the cells in the prostate are behaving unusually. This could be because of a tumour in the prostate, but also because of an infection or a benign enlargement of the prostate.
It is recommended that men have to discuss with their doctor about whether to be screened for prostate cancer at ‘ Age 50 years for men without family history of prostate cancer and without symptoms of prostate cancer , Age 45 years for men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65) , Age 40 years for men who have more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age , At any age if there is warning symptoms of prostate cancer.