Prostate cancer affects approximately 3,500 men in Ireland every year – one of seven men diagnosed seven times a year. However, although these figures are alarming, it is a type of cancer that can be treated very well, especially if it is detected early.
During the month of November, the Movember campaign aims at encouraging men to report GPs if they are concerned about any aspect of their health, as they may be a very positive result of early treatment of prostate cancer.
Tom Hope is living evidence that he has prostate cancer and is under surveillance to keep it under control, thanks to living routine controls.
"In 2009, on an annual visit to my doctor to check my blood pressure, I received blood samples that I thought were part of normal annual control," says the 71-year-old. "But after about a week, he asked me to tell him that he had some high blood test readings, and he wanted me to visit a urologist to check on them.
"At this stage, I did not understand what the readings were or what they meant, but I visited the urologist explaining what the prostate gland was, what function was being performed, and what the PSA reads in the prostate-specific antigen. My doctor was worried about a leap up to 4.5, and I felt I had to go through a biopsy to clarify the cause of the increase in PSA. Then I was asked to go back to the urologist and bring my wife to me. 4.5
At the time, only at the age of 62, the third did not expect to say that he had cancer, and he had to make a difficult decision as to whether there was any treatment that could result in side effects.
. During the visit, the counselor reported me to be low-grade prostate cancer, te Meath says. "This was a complete shock because I didn't have any symptoms or any difficulty with my urinary function, and I had the option of surgery to remove the prostate (risk of incontinence) or active surveillance. For digital rectal examination (DRE) to take six months.
Ç I talked about my partner options and decided to follow active surveillance since I didn't want to risk incontinence. If I had to change my mind, I would have preferred to do surgery later and I also decided on my three adult children.
Kullanıy However, the most compelling issue was to admit that I am a prostate cancer – I didn't give it, I didn't drink it or I didn't smoke and I regularly use it. However, there was no difficulty in me or the possibility of killing me. Ancak
Indeed, Kevin O & # 39; Hagan, Director of Cancer Prevention at the Cancer Society of Ireland, says most men don't die, but being alert is still important.
Or Most prostate cancer are present when they are early, most grow slowly and do not appear for many years if symptoms do not occur – and men with early prostate cancer are unlikely to have any symptoms, “he says.
"Early prostate cancer is usually defined by regular controls, as it usually does not cause any symptoms. If you are over 50 years of age, you should see your doctor every year for examination. If you have a family history, you should have regular check-ups. Since it can control, a check-up should include a digital rectal examination of the prostate gland and a special blood test called a PSA blood test.
Ed Although there are many men living with prostate cancer, most men don't die from it – and in most cases they can be treated or controlled. “
The main therapies for prostate cancer are active surveillance, external beam radiotherapy, hormone therapy, brachytherapy, surgery, chemotherapy and careful waiting – and each case is individual.
. The best treatment depends on many things, such as the stage and degree of your cancer (how much the cancer has spread and how fast it grows), the symptoms you have, your general health, your age and your personal preference,, the expert says. "And with the improvement in treatments, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is now over 90pc.
"Prostate urinary symptoms may be a symptom of prostate cancer, more often they are caused by the harmless expansion of the prostate, which is common as they age."
Tom Hope's prostate cancer was detected because he was cautious about going for routine checks. For the same reason, malignant skin melanoma was diagnosed and treated early.
Today, he is good and healthy, and encourages other men to be aware of their bodies and get help if they worry about anything. Also attend routine examinations and learn as much as possible about public health services.
Tom, who retired as the financial director of Barnardo in 2013, said: ı Because I diagnosed skin cancer early, the oncologist often said that I was fortunate when it spread to other parts of the body where cancer was identified. Um Over the years, I've found great comfort and support to meet and talk to other men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and who have been treated and who live normally 15 years after the diagnosis.
"I have attended the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) survivors' conference every year to keep up-to-date on treatment options, so I am fully aware of the options available if I have to decide on a treatment. In 2014, I joined Prostate Cancer (MAC) as a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and part of them.
"I'm also a member of several other committees, and right now, two years after two biopsies, they both came back, and the PSA is changing from 2.7 to 7.3 in the larm, so I'm in very good health, early detection."
FACTBOX: Prostate cancer
Ir Prostate cancer occurs when normal cells in the prostate gland change and grow to form a cell mass called a tumor.
Mez Early prostate cancer does not normally show any symptoms. Usually it only causes symptoms when you grow up enough to disturb your bladder or when you press the urine on the tube that empties the urine, causing problems.
Symptoms These symptoms are called prostate urinary symptoms, and a slow urine flow, starting or stopping discharge, urine, especially at night, passing through the urine and pain and bladder passing the feeling of emptying more often.
In Ireland Ireland, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer.
3, Each year over 3,300 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. This means that a man at seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout his or her life.
Bulunur Less common symptoms include pain in the lower back, hip or upper thigh, erection or erection, blood in the urine, or semen.
Any If you have any concerns or have any of these symptoms, it is important that you visit your doctor to discuss and evaluate them.
More Visit the cancer site for more information or contact your cancer core at 1800 200 700, email [email protected] or leave it at one of the 13 Daffodil Centers in nationwide hospitals.
Da Movember is partner with the Irish Cancer Society and is the primary contributor to prostate cancer programs. Funds help provide information, support and care to people affected by prostate cancer, as well as to finance vital cancer research.
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