Fighting Prostate Cancer: An Expert Discusses Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment

Centre Pasteur is currently screening for Prostate cancer and Hepatitis as part of ongoing activities for the commemoration of six decades of existence. According to Dr. Likeng Sunday Marcel, in charge of Vaccination, men aged 40 years and above can develop prostate cancer. The disease can be treated, but not prevented.

Dr. Likeng Sunday Marcel, Head of the Vaccination Unit 

What is Prostate Cancer 

Prostate cancer starts when cells in the prostate  gland begin to grow out of control. The prostate is a gland found only in males. There are about four other cancers that start in the prostate. However, almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas. These cancers develop from the gland cells.

What are the Causes And Risk Factors?

The causes of prostate cancer are not clearly known . There are no symptoms of Prostate cancer especially in the early stages, but screening can detect cancerous traits. Erection problems and difficulty in passing out urine are usually clear signs of Prostate cancer.

As for the risk factors, we know that if a family member has suffered from the disease, you also stand a chance of developing prostate cancer. Genetics is a likely cause Prostate cancer is more common in men between the ages 40-60.

Are there any preventive measures?

There are no preventive measures as such, but we recommend early screening which is the only way of knowing if someone is likely to suffer from the disease. If we discover some early signs, then we can successfully prevent it from developing into a cancer. Prostate cancer is treatable. The only preventive measure is early screening. Men who are 40 years and above should do routine screening for prostate cancer.

 

Kathy Neba Sina 

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