Prostate Cancer: What You Need To Know

  • Prostate Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the world.
  • Screening can help detect early signs of cancer. Screening has accounted for one-third of the recent decrease in prostate cancer deaths.
  • The two most common screening tests are DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and PSA (Prostate – Specific Antigen) tests.
  • Always talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of these screenings.

Prostate Cancer Specialists recommend:

  • Men under 40 — DRE and PSA screenings are not recommended for men at average risk.
  • Men 40 to 54 — DRE and PSA screenings are not recommended for men at average risk.
  • Men 55 to 69 — DRE, PSA or both screenings may be right for you. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits.
  • Men 70 or older — DRE and PSA screenings are generally not recommended, but older men who are in excellent health may benefit from screening.

The exact cause of the disease is not known, but keeping a healthy diet and frequent exercising can help lower the risk.

Here are some prostate cancer awareness programs conducted in Nigeria:

Prostate cancer awareness program falls in the long list of other awareness programs conducted by Lagos State. The objective of this program is to create awareness about Prostate Cancer among the populace of Lagos State, screen for and detect prostate cancer among men above 50 years and ultimately reduce morbidity and mortality due to prostate cancer.

This is a health intervention that focuses on closing the gap of awareness, education and screenings for prostate cancer in rural communities of Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.

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