May 26, 2023
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men worldwide, including South Africa. Early detection is key in effectively managing prostate cancer. Therefore, it is essential for men to be aware of the signs and symptoms associated with this condition. In this article, I will discuss the key indicators to look out for and provide insights into the South African guidelines for prostate cancer screening.
It’s worth mentioning that these signs and symptoms are not exclusive to prostate cancer and can be associated with other prostate conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatitis. Consulting a urologist will help determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate guidance.
Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate gland, which is a small walnut-shaped organ located below the bladder in men. As the cancer progresses, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health complications. However, when detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable and has a higher chance of successful outcomes.
Signs and symptoms to look out for:
South African Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Screening:
Screening methods typically include a digital rectal examination (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. It is important to note that an abnormal test does not definitely mean cancer but may warrant further evaluation.
The decision to undergo prostate cancer screening should be made after discussing the benefits and potential risks with your urologist. They can provide personalized advice based on your individual circumstances.
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms or have concerns about your prostate health, schedule a consultation with your urologist. Early detection and timely management can significantly improve the outcomes of prostate cancer.
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Dr. Avikar Singh
Dr. Avikar Singh is a Urologist with a special interest in minimally invasive prostate surgery practicing at Busamed Gateway Private Hospital.
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