By DR ASHISH GOEL, SENIOR CANCER SURGEON (BLK HOSPITAL)
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in men
- It is more common in Males above 50 years
- Family history of any cancer is a risk factor
- Early prostate cancer usually has no symptoms
- Symptoms include problems passing urine, weak urinary stream, frequent urination especially at night
- Person may also have weight loss, bone pains, numbness in legs or feet
- Clinical examination of prostate gland by a surgeon can detect enlarged prostate.
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a blood test to detect prostate cancer
- PSA levels increase slightly with age and in noncancerous prostate enlargement
- Very high PSA values need further evaluation (USG, Biopsy, MRI, CT scan)
- For early detection, PSA test is recommended yearly in all men above 40 years of age
- It is important to differentiate prostate cancer from noncancerous prostate enlargement.
- Early stage of prostate cancer can be completely cured by surgery.
Awareness about symptoms and early detection of prostate cancer can save lives. Please forward this to spread awareness #JaankariHaiToJaanHai