According to research, prostate cancer is a disease that affects elderly people and is mostly common in blacks .The prostate gland is only found in males and as such prostate cancer can not affect females
It is just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The tube that carries urine (the urethra) runs through the center of the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the fluid (semen) that protects and nourishes the sperm.
By Shyline Guvakuva
Prostate cancer is reportedly the most common cancer in men after skin cancer. The disease often grows very slowly and may not cause significant harm, but some types are more aggressive and can spread quickly without treatment.
According to one professional and practicing medical doctor in Zimbabwe, speaking on condition of anonymity due to codes of conduct in the profession, “growing older is the greatest risk factor for prostate cancer, particularly after the age of 50”
He added that family history increases a man’s risk as the cancer in inherent, “to cure prostrate cancer you don’t have to be a man ”.
Man have no symptoms in the early stages, later on the symptoms include frequent urination especially at night, dribbling of urine thus takes long to finish urinating as it comes in small amounts, passing out urine with blood, painful or burning sensation during urinating or ejaculation
The prostate can grow larger as men age, sometimes pressing on the bladder or urethra and causing symptoms similar to prostate cancer. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),it is not cancer and can be treated if symptoms become bothersome. Another problem that can cause urinary symptoms is prostatitis. This inflammation or infection may also cause a fever and in many cases is treated with medication, research has shown.
The Doctor acknowledged that the age at which one can start seeing these symptoms depends with race.
“Prostate cancer is a natural death sickness, it can only be treated by screening to check (PSA), Prostrate Specific Anti-gen and getting chemotherapy, just as women go for regular cervical cancer screening so should men do.
Early detection cure is removing it but many people visit clinics when it is at its late stages, they know about this cancer but 2/100 get medical attention, apart from stroke this is one of the diseases that kills our elderly people, he added.
Does this mean those guys who sell traditional herbs claiming they can cure any cancer are bogus? if not how can the world or rather Zimbabwe in cooperate these in healing those affected and suffering from this cancer.
Is our Government doing enough in conscientising males about prostate cancer in as much as they are doing so with cervical cancer, ebola ,HIV/AIDS .If these awareness was made can we see any improvements in treatment turnouts?