To celebrate Movember, the start of the month of awareness of prostate cancer, the Irish Cancer Society has called on all men over 50 years of age to talk to their doctor about prostate cancer over an hour.
In Ireland, more than 3,300 men every year are diagnosed with prostate cancer, which means that about one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. However, with improved treatment, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer now exceeds 90 percent.
Kevin O & # 39; Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish Cancer Society, said: "Historically, there was a tendency to perform a PSA test for anyone who was worried about prostate cancer or showed some symptoms. However, the new National Cancer Control The program (NCCP) guidelines recommend that PSA tests are not used as a general prostate cancer screening, but to confirm the diagnosis or dictate treatment. "
"Instead of launching a test, we strongly urge all men over the age of 50 to simply talk to your GP. Men over 50 have a higher risk of developing a disease, and even if they are asymptomatic, it's worth talking to them because early prostate cancer is not at all symptomatic at all. "
"We know that sometimes men slowly go to the doctor if they are worried. But prostate cancer is very curable and the earlier it is detected, the better. Therefore, men should have annual tests, especially if they have a family history prostate cancer. "
Tom Hope from Dunboyne visited his doctor every year (age 62) to check his blood pressure and the doctor took a blood sample. About a week later, the doctor reported an increase in the PSA reading, and he passed it to the urologist to review the readings.
After a biopsy, the urologist confirmed that he had low grade prostate cancer, and after discussing with his urolog and his family, Thomas decided not to undertake surgery, but chose to conduct an active observation. This includes regular counseling visits and blood tests, as well as a biopsy every three years to test the condition of the cancer.
Tom, also a member of the Cancer Support Group for Men Cancer (MAC), added: "I call on all men to visit and talk to their GP every year about their health problems or concerns. This is the first step in controlling their health. if it is a diagnosis, it is really important to use the patient support group community.I found great comfort and support to meet and talk to other men who were diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer and lived normal for 15 years after the diagnosis.
"There are many people who were cancerous and who had a positive outcome, especially in the prostate cancer, but it's so important to discover and talk about treatment and side effects – it makes you realize that you are not the only one who goes through it," he concluded.
Now, nine years later and after two further biopsies, both of which came back clearly, Tom gladly reports that prostate cancer is controllable.
Since 2008 more than 100 000 people have been involved and helped move. Movember Ireland has funded more than 30 prostate cancer initiatives in collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society, ranging from financial grants to patients and their families to carry out innovative research that brings together a prostate cancer research community to improve the quality and performance of one woman's life. seven Irish men who will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. Sign up now to support male health, visit Movember.com
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