Early detection: a partner in preventing prostate cancer Early detection: a partner in preventing prostate cancer

This is the most common type of cancer among men in the world, especially among those that are older than 60.

The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system that is responsible for producing the secretion of semen. Over time, this gland is susceptible to developing cancerous tumors that are difficult to diagnose. According to the Clinical Practice Guide (GPC for its acronym in Spanish) for the Early Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment, Follow-up and Rehabilitation of Prostate Cancer, published by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, it is estimated that prostate cancer is the second cause of cancer morbidity among men, with the estimated number of new cases of tumors ranging between 6,500 and 8,000 per year.

The disease develops slowly and quietly, which makes it difficult to diagnose on time. The key to treating the disease successfully, however, is to detect it in its early phases. During this annual visit to the doctor, it is recommended that the patient get the pertinent exams, especially if they have experienced any of the following symptoms:

● Difficulty urinating
● A reduced force in the stream of urine
● Urine leakage
● A burning or pain sensation when urinating or during ejaculation
● Difficulty getting an erection
● A frequent urgency to urinate and urinating small quantities
● Blood in the urine

The rate of the likeliness of this type of cancer appearing is rising. In addition to age, related risk factors include people of African descent and having a family history. Factors that also increase the possibility of obtaining it include diets that are high in saturated fats, being overweight, the consumption of alcohol and smoking. Because it cannot be prevented, it is recommended to avoid increasing the chances of developing this cancer by knowing your family history and by making annual visit to your doctor to any type of suspicious symptom examined.