Posted on November 08, 2017

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has launched “Be moustache.. check  2” campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer, which is the second most common cancer in men in Qatar and the world, and the fifth biggest cause of deaths in men from cancer globally.

QCS is holding awareness lectures and workshops involving various sectors in the country to raise people's awareness of the symptoms of the disease, the factors responsible for it, as well as methods of prevention and cure of the disease. Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, MD, Supervisor of Health Education, said ‘Worldwide, more than 1 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 300,000 die of the disease in 2012. In U.S.A, About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime’. Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. The prostate is a gland found only in males. The prostate is a gland located in the lower urinary tract, under the bladder and around the urethra, he added.

 QCS launches Be Moustache 2 [].jpgAbout Prostate cancer risk factors said ‘Age: The chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50, Family history: Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease., Diet: Men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products and fewer fruits and vegetables appear to have a slightly higher chance of getting prostate cancer. About another risk factors ‘Obesity: Obese men have a higher risk of getting more advanced and serious prostate cancer, Smoking: Smoking has been linked to increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, Chemical exposures: Chemicals exposure at workplace such as firefighters may increase their risk of prostate cancer, Inflammation of the prostate: Inflammation of the prostate gland may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

He stressed the importance of early detection of prostate cancer ‘Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. More advanced prostate cancers sometimes cause symptoms. In most cases, symptoms are caused by benign prostatic enlargement, or an infection. Because of this it is important that you see a doctor to understand what causes the symptoms’ Problems urinating, including a weak or interrupted urinary flow, pain while urinating, inability to urinate, sense of incompletely emptying the bladder, intense need to urinate, or the need to urinate more often, especially at night , Blood in the urine or semen , Erection problems , Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other areas from cancer that has spread to bones , Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or even loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on the spinal cord and nerves

Prostate cancer can often be found early by testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in a man’s blood or the physical exam of the prostate gland. If the PSA level in your blood is too high or abnormal physical exam of the prostate gland, this suggests that the cells in the prostate are behaving unusually. This could be because of a tumour in the prostate, but also because of an infection or a benign enlargement of the prostate.

It is recommended that men have to discuss with their doctor about whether to be screened for prostate cancer at ‘ Age 50 years for men without family history of prostate cancer and without symptoms of prostate cancer , Age 45 years for men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65) , Age 40 years for men who have more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age , At any age if there is warning symptoms of prostate cancer.