Men’s Health Awareness Month: Prostate Cancer
At a certain point in any man’s life, usually when he is around 65 years old but sometimes earlier, he will hear about and possibly experience a disease known as prostate cancer. This is a form of cancer that occurs in the prostate gland. As the prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system, this disease appears only in men and is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. Like all types of cancer, this disease involves uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells within the body, resulting in unhealthy cell growths that spread to other parts of the body. If left unchecked, prostate cancer can lead to death. According to the DOH, it affects 19.3 percent of all male Filipinos and is the third leading cause of death in the Philippines.
The risk factors of prostate cancer include age, genetic history, and possibly unhealthy diet and lifestyle. The symptoms of prostate cancer, such as difficulty in urinating, erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, and bleeding, are similar to the symptoms of other, less severe diseases, making it difficult to detect without other forms of analysis such as screening or physical examination. As such, it is important for people with these symptoms and concerns regarding prostate cancer to see their doctors as soon as possible.
Providence Hospital has a number of facilities and services to address prostate cancer and other similar diseases. The services available are the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), screening, and physical exams. For other cases in which the cancer is active, Providence provides chemotherapy and specialized surgical operations to remove the infected prostate organ. Aside from the medical services, the doctors of Providence Hospital have formulated ways to educate their patients on maintaining good health, such as Urology Week. During this time, doctors communicate with their patients on a more social level, to teach them the importance of detecting diseases such as prostate cancer, as well as how they can reduce the risks of getting them and how to help others deal with the disease.
This method of hosting education sessions allows patients and doctors to build a stronger and more reliable connection. It allows future consultations and examinations to be carried out most efficiently and comfortably as possible. And most importantly, it treats the patients as actual people, allowing them to open up and talk more to their doctors, which may be crucial in fighting severe diseases such as cancer.