3rd February, 2011
Prostate cancer is the commonest cancer affecting men, says Dr. Celsus Undie, a consultant urologist at the National Hospital.
Undie made the declaration in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that men had not been fully aware of the importance of examining the prostate gland because it served as a potent site for cancer of the prostate.
â€œThe prostate gland is a very potent site for cancer. Right now, prostate cancer is the commonest cancer affecting men. Some men at 60 years old never had a prostate examination even once in their lives, some at 70 years. They are carrying prostate cancer but they donâ€™t know.
â€œAll men that are more than 45 years should ensure that they see their urologist at least once every year to examine the prostrate and be sure that there is no cancer. â€œWhen cancer just starts, when it is early confined to the prostate gland, you can actually get it completely cured, because if you take out the prostate at that time, you can take out the entire cancer and the man can live his normal life,â€ he said. Undie said that the exact causes of prostate cancer had been unknown, adding that there were issues like age, heredity and diet, which could act as contributory factors.
â€œThe ageing process produces biochemical reactions that contribute to abnormal cell growth. Also, if a manâ€™s father or an older sibling has had prostate cancer, he is at increased risk,â€ he said.
He stated that there was the need for men to have a good eating habit, especially eating foods that are low in fat, while advising that foods to be consumed should be high in fruits and vegetables.
He explained that the symptoms of prostate cancer included frequent urination, blood in the urine, painful or difficult urination, and blood in the urine or semen, among others. Undie advised men who had any of these symptoms to visit a physician to ascertain the problem, while stating that early detection could make all the difference.