So I finally found something in the local media about prostate cancer.
Here are some of the points mentioned in the article:
- PROSTATE cancer is one of the most common cancers in men around the world. Death from prostate cancer occurs every one and a half minute and a new case of prostate cancer is detected every two minutes.
- Prostate cancer usually is slow growing and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where no symptoms are produced.
- The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as a man ages. The average age at diagnosis is between 65 and 70; the average age at death is between 77 and 80.
- Prostate cancer seems to run in some families, which suggests that there may be an inherited or genetic factor.
- In the Philippines, 4,254 cases were discovered, with 2,571 deaths in 2005. It is the 6th leading cause of cancer overall and the 4th leading cause of cancer in men. (Letran et al, Phil Journal of Urology 2005).
- The numbers of newly-diagnosed prostate cancer in the Philippines is increasing. As with any cancer, early screening means early detection thus offering higher treatment success rates.
- The Philippine Urological Association recommends prostate cancer screening in men aged 40 and above, especially for those who have a history of prostate cancer in the family.
- Once prostate cancer is suspected, a prostate biopsy is the next step. This is usually performed by the urologist and biopsies nowadays are done under ultrasound guidance.