Prostate Cancer Rampant Among Indian Men Say Docs
On Sep 27, 2016
|Trivandrum/Kochi: While Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly
diagnosed cancers in the West, in India, its diagnosis is often delayed
because patients consult their doctors only after symptoms set in. In
fact, in 9 out of 10 cases, early detection can provide a long-term
cure. But, for early diagnosis, awareness about the disease and its
screening modalities is absolutely crucial say urologists. Globally
September and October is observed as prostate cancer awareness month.
According to Dr. P S Joy Jyothis, Urologist, Cosmopolitan Hospitals, Thiruvananthapuram & Dr George P Abraham, head of the department of urology, Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi, “With changing lifestyles and increasing life expectancy, the rate of prostate cancer is growing rapidly in India. But this trend has not accompanied by a corresponding increase in the levels of awareness.” Close to 70% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.
Since cancer screening is not routinely available in India, our aim say city urologists should be to start screening patients to detect early Prostate Cancer. It involves a simple blood test, known as Serum PSA test, once in a year, in men above the age of 50 and in men at an even higher risk, such as having relatives with a history of prostate cancer at an early age, could begin testing at age 40.
|Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in Indian males, second
only to lung cancer. “Indians tend to ignore or misread the early
symptoms of cancer, which delays diagnosis and treatment until the
problem has become less amenable to medication. Time is not far off when
Prostate Cancer will become the most common cancer among males in
India,” informed Dr. Vinod K V, Urologist, Centre For Urological
Research & Evaluation, Thiruvananthapuram & Dr. Ginil Kumar,
Department of Urology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
Age is the most influential risk factor. If a man is above 65 and has been suffering from a frequent need to urinate, especially at night, or a weak or interrupted urinary stream and blood in urine or semen, it’s time he takes these symptoms seriously. Regarded as the most classic signs of prostate cancer, these symptoms are often overlooked and linked to old age.
For more information, you may contact:
Dr. George P Abraham/9447711164/9656354637/
Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi
Dr. Ginil Kumar /9895071039/Amrita Hospital, Kochi
Dr. Joy Jyotis /9447076767/Cosmopoliton Hospital, Trivandrum
Dr. Vinod K V /9447110843/Centre for Urological Research and Evaluation, Trivandrum