Detecting this type of cancer on time is the best way for a successful recovery.
Prostate cancer does not tell anyone. It is not noticed if one is sick or not until the problem is more serious. Therefore, it is vital to see the doctor periodically, before noticing symptoms of any disease, so that the chances of recovery are greater.
It is one of the deadly types of cancer today, but if it is detected early, with some treatments and tests, it is not the most dangerous for people.
Which people may be more likely to develop it?
Many people come to the doctor when they already notice something unusual in the urine, little flow or a color that is not normal. These symptoms do not mean that you have prostate cancer but it can also be due to a hormonal disorder for some reason or simply because of age.
Yes, it is true, that this type of cancer mainly affects men in old age. You can not know and detect what factors make a person can have it. What is proven is that people who had cancer, can transmit it to their descendants, who may have it also in the future.
Therefore, from the middle age, about 45-48 years, it is advisable to have regular checkups of the prostate and other important parts in men. It is also important that women review everything but in particular, it is not a type of cancer that affects this genre in its majority.
How is it detected in an initial consultation?
Once in the consultation, the doctor palpates the organ to see if there is any indication and performs an ultrasound to be able to study all the variables better.
What evidence exists for its prevention?
There is a type of blood test called “Prostate Antigen Analysis” (PSA), specific for detecting this type of cancer in its earliest stage when it is so difficult to detect.
With another type of tests or analysis is detectable but already in the most visible stages with signs already developed. Therefore, PSA is one of the techniques most used by oncologists to rule out the development of the disease.
What is the PSA test?
If PSA rates are high, there are signs of prostate cancer. It is not absolutely true to say that the person has cancer since we must analyze other factors prior to the test as very recent ejaculations for example, which would give the positive test.
For this, if the first test comes out a high level of PSA, a second test is usually carried out to corroborate if the levels change or not and why.
In short, men over the age of 45 should be increasingly aware of the importance of periodic reviews not only of the prostate but of other relevant organs to avoid major problems.
In Vithas Xanit International Hospital, at the Vithas Xanit Oncology Institute, there is a specific unit for genetic counseling whose aim is to inform its patients of the possibilities of inheriting this type of cancer according to their family history.