Early detection of prostate cancer can save lives!
Prostate cancer affects more than 3 million men every year, worldwide. Every year thousands of organisations get involved in raising awareness during the month of September. Global annual campaigns seek to highlight the importance of prostate cancer awareness, early detection and treatment while educating and raising funds for research and treatment. Alarmingly, studies have shown that cancer as a whole is become the leading cause of mortality amongst men globally.
Cancer indiscriminately touches upon both genders and penetrates all layers of society. Knowing the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can lead to early detection of cancer. This can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and ultimately save lives.
What does the light blue ribbon symbolise
The light blue ribbon has been a symbol of prostate cancer for over a decade, and is an international symbol of awareness. It is a profound sense of contribution by organisations to ensure that we can eliminate prostate cancer health threats and deaths. The light blue ribbon is worth the hype to ensure global action to tackling this rapidly rising burden.
Early detection and appropriate treatment
Men should go for prostate examinations by an experienced health care professional or do the self-examinations. Localised cancers can be removed without resorting to prostate removal if caught early. It is vital that men remain aware of the appearance and feel of their prostate so they can know if any changes occur.
Types of Tests
Digital rectal exam (DRE)
DRE is a standard way to check the size, firmness, and texture of the prostate from the rectum. The test lasts about 10-15 seconds.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
Blood tests are often used as a screening test to look for men who may have prostate cancer. Interpretation of results has to include assessing the patient age; gland size and a variety of other factors.
The only way to know if an abnormal test is due to cancer is to do a biopsy. A biopsy is when a small piece of tissue is removed from the prostate and looked at under a microscope to check for cancer.
Common symptoms to look out for include:
Arming ourselves with the best knowledge, tools, and resources made available to us to help fight this devastating disease should be a priority in our lives.
- Trouble passing urine
- Frequent urge to pass urine, especially at night
- Weak or interrupted urine stream
- Pain or burning when passing urine
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Nagging pain in the back, hips, or pelvis