Statistics show that more than 100 thousand Nigerian men are diagnosed with Prostatic Carcinoma commonly called Prostate Cancer every year. What is Prostate Cancer? It is cancer that affects the prostate gland. The prostate is an important part of the male reproductive system. The gland produces the seminal fluid that transports sperm. Prostate is located right below the bladder (in front of the rectum).
Prostate Cancer affects more of the older men. That is, the older the man, the higher the risk of developing the cancer. It is common amongst men of 40 years and above and very common from 60 years. As for today, every cancer is a terminal illness in Nigeria. With the condition of our health sector, we have less than 10% success rate in cancer treatment. It is not just about the health sector, it is also about the cost. It is very difficult if not impossible for an average Nigerian to afford the cost of managing any cancer at all. You hardly see any health insurance package with cancer management. Another problem is that Nigerians hardly go for health screenings. We do not visit the hospital; we are only carried to the hospital. Therefore, it is only when the matter becomes critical that we inform the doctor and expect him/her to perform magic. This is why early detection which is another way out has not been helping us too. What are the early symptoms of Prostate Cancer? Below are signs that you might need to see a doctor or go for a Prostate Cancer check.
- A noticeable burning while urinating or during ejaculation.
- Blood in the urine or in the semen
- Unexplainable frequent need to urinate
- Erectile dysfunction
- Difficulty starting or ending a stream of urine
- Pains in the bones, pelvic areas, lower back.
- Weak stream of urine.
It is important to note that there might be no signs at all until the cancer gets to an advanced stage. There is no known way of preventing Prostate Cancer. All we need do is to put our lifestyle under check and as such, reduce the risks of developing it. The following steps might be of help:
- Do a regular check: Ask your doctor how often you should check but at least, once a year.
- Eat less of fatty foods: less meat, less milk, cheese, less butter and less of all fried snacks. However, some fatty foods with omega-3 acids such as fish might not be bad after all.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Maintain a reasonable weight; keep your Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30.
- Quit smoking especially as you grow older.
- Engage in regular exercise especially walking. Start with 30 minutes walk everyday and increase it to an hour or two as you progress.
- Take tea every morning.
- Regular sex (ejaculation) Harvard medical School has a report which was corroborated by an Australian Scientific study that men who ejaculate 21 times in a month has 33% less risk of developing Prostate Cancer than those who ejaculate less. So, start ejaculating! But don’t kill yourself; read more about this.
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