Doctors appeal for more prostate cancer testing
One in eight men in South Africa is at the risk of cancer, as a result doctors are appealing to men who are 40 – years – old and older to get tested for prostate cancer.
The Urology Hospital in Pretoria has issued a health advisory aimed at increasing early detection of the disease in the country.
Doctors say even men who do not have a family history or have no symptoms of prostate cancer should still have annual prostate examinations
It says top cancers which affect men are prostate, lung and colorectal cancers.
In 2016 the United States estimated 180,890 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
For unknown reasons, the risk of prostate cancer is 70% higher in black people. Most prostate cancers (92%) are found when the disease is confined to the prostate and nearby organs. This is referred to as the local or regional stage.
Dr Ligthelm of the Urology Hospital says early detection, in many cases, leaves room for life-saving treatment.
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