Prostate cancer screening

17 July 2020

 

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men.

In Malaysia, it accounted for 8.8% of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2018.

With increased life expectancy and an ageing population, incidences of prostate cancer are expected to rise.

Despite the rising cases, the 5-year relative survival rate of prostate cancer for all stages combined has increased from 68.3% to 99.9% in the past 25 years, according to global research.

In view of this, Sunway Medical Centre and Sunway Medical Centre Velocity have rolled out a Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign which is ongoing until September.

It aims to encourage men to step forward, recognise the early signs and symptoms, overcome common stigmas associated with the disease, take immediate steps to screen for prostate cancer and seek treatment accordingly to improve their quality of life.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a simple blood test which detects cell abnormalities.

While its results may not be 100% accurate, the screening provides early warning signs for healthcare professionals to investigate further and with early detection, there is a higher chance of survivability, says Sunway Medical Centre's Consultant Urologist, Dr Badrulhisham Bahadzor.

"With movement restrictions potentially easing in the months ahead, we invite those diagnosed, undergoing treatment as well as suspected of prostate conditions to come to SunMed for the free PSA test and consultation," says Dr Badrulhisham.

OVERCOMING STIGMA

Research shows that prostate cancer patients and their loved ones require emotional and active encouragement throughout diagnosis, treatment and follow-up to overcome barriers and gain access to additional support, particularly for sexual, emotional and psychosocial issues.

"Getting over the stigma is one of the first steps. Many men do not step forward out of fear of being judged. Consequently, the lack of early disclosure could prove detrimental. That is why we believe the combination of the free test, consultation with urologists, and complimentary webinars in SunMed's Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign will make it easier for men to take that initial step says, Dr Badrulhisham.

With skilled doctors, modern approaches to healthcare and breakthroughs in medicine, a diagnosis of prostate cancer does not spell the end for men.

Advanced technology and equipment also allows treatment modalities to be targeted to suit patient conditions, thereby improving their experience and outcomes.

For more information about the campaign, contact Helen Ng at nghl@sunway.com.my

Source: New Straits Times 

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