Pune, 2nd Jan 2019: Prostate cancer is becoming the commonest cancer in elderly citizens Statistics say that almost one in six men suffer from prostate cancer in his life time
Unfortunately, in India diagnosis of this cancer is usually very late. We as Urologists here see almost 60 % of prostate cancer patients in advance stage where nothing curative can be done says, Dr. Deshmukh a Consultant Urologist at the Institute For Prostate Cancer, Koregaon Park, Pune.
We at the Institute For Prostate Cancer aim in creating awareness about prostate cancer and screening practices since last 5 years. The Institute has conducted more than 130 camps and covering a population of more than 70,000
This is a sharp contrast to the developed world where 80-90 % patients are diagnosed in the first stage itself. In India, there are many factors which lead to delay in diagnosis of prostate cancer.
The most important factor is lack of awareness. Many Men don’t even know that there is something called as a Prostate Gland in the body involved with reproductive system. Prostate enlarges with age and that leads to obstruction in the urinary passage which results in symptoms like straining to pass urine, frequency, night time awakening for urine, poor flow, sense of incomplete evacuation.
Cancer prostate may present with same initial symptoms…which men tend to neglect.
It is essential that they should be made aware of Prostate Cancer when they develop such symptoms and should undergo screening with DRE and PSA for early detection of Cancer and cure.
The first symptoms of Prostate Cancer are minimal in the early stage as prostate being an internal organ, takes time to show symptoms. The most common symptoms of prostate cancer in early stages are urinary symptoms which coincide with the Benign Enlargement of the Prostate. BPH is one of the commonest problems of aging so men tend to neglect it with regards to cancer.
Symptoms in a box:-
Third, the screening tests available for diagnosis of prostate cancer, viz, DRE and PSA are not very sensitive and specific which leads to lot of false positives and creates unnecessary stress among patients, relatives and doctors.
The only way for a definite test is Prostate biopsy which is simple, but it should be done under an expert’s supervision under ultrasound guidance in a systematic way, says Dr. Garima Maheshwari who heads IPC, Koregaon Park Pune.
In the advanced stage cancer presents with symptoms of back ache, bone pain, loss of appetite, weight loss…so these are danger signs and suggest that any new onset back ache, loss appetite , unintentional weight loss should be investigated to rule out prostate cancer
Institute For Prostate Cancer (IPC) at Koregaon Park, Pune is mainly focussing on these areas since the last 5 years and is trying to create an awareness about prostate cancer in the society and so far has educated more than 70000 men about this slow and silent killer.
IPC is organizing a FREE Check-up camp for Prostate check up at the Koregaon Park centre with a prior appointment.
The Camp Dates are from 5th to 16th Jan 2019
Once could register on the following numbers or email id before they come:
VENUE: Institute For Prostate Cancer
Ground Floor, Kumar the Orion,
Opp Don Bosco Youth Center
Koregaon Park road, Pune-411001
Contact Number for appointments and queries: 020-6603777/78
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