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Don’t be afraid , go for prostate cancer screening early, expert urges men

A clinical pathologist, Dr Ndubuisi Nwosu, has advised men to overcome the fear of prostate cancer and go for screening, saying early detection is key to effective treatment and management. Nwosu, who works at El-Lab Medical Diagnostic and Research Centre, Lagos, spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of a three-day prostate cancer screening in Lagos. It was organised by the laboratory centre and Mother and Childcare Centre in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos. According to him, fear should not deter men from coming for screening, rather it should encourage them to go for it. “Early detection of prostate cancer is good, because it is 100 per cent treatable and curable at that stage,’’ the expert said. He said that the longer a man delays in going for screening, the more difficult it will be to detect and treat. Nwosu said that the screening was organised to reduce the incidents of prostate cancer through early detection and actual prevention. He also said that it was aimed at educating and enlightens participants about the danger of late detection of prostate cancer. “Those that came for the exercise had the opportunity to ask questions and left better informed,’’ Nwosu said. He explained that in prostate cancer, more of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) gets into the blood and if found to be high during screening, further tests would be carried out to arrive at a diagnosis. Nwosu said that the treatment options available would depend on the stage of the cancer. “There are treatment options, depending on the stage of the cancer. If it’s in its early stage and localised within the organ of origin, then, 100 per cent cure from treatment or surgery is possible,’’ he said. The expert also said that other treatment options available included radiotherapy, medical castration and androgen ablation aimed at suppressing or blocking the production or effects of testosterone and other male hormones. He said that obesity was a major risk factor of prostate cancer, adding that obese men have more aggressive prostate cancers. Other risk factors he identified were old age, family history, unhealthy living and lifestyle. He advised that an ideal weight be maintained, alongside regular exercises, and recommended the consumption of vegetables, fruits and fiber. One of the participants, Mr Okpala Peter, who was tested, told newsmen that he was happy to eventually be screened for prostate cancer. According to him, I had always wanted to use a reputable laboratory where I will be certain of the results. “I know prostate cancer is a disease that affects men and that early detection helps in treating it. “I have never gone for screening before today, because I wasn’t sure of a reliable place to go and carry out the screening,’’ he said. In his remarks, Mr Elochuchukwu Adibo, a Biomedical Scientist and Director of the laboratory centre, advised women to try to live healthy. “Though, prostate is exclusive to men, we chose a mother and child facility because there is no mother and child without a father. “Most of them hear of prostate enlargement from their husbands, fathers, brothers and grandfathers. They also hear about those who died from it. “So, we thought we should bring it closer to the mothers so they can tell their men folk about it. “Men always have apathy to things like this because they are always busy with work and business,’’ he said. NAN.

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