June 29, 2023
In the Region of the Americas, prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men, according to the Pan American Health Organization. The prostate gland of the male reproductive system is located below the bladder and is responsible for producing the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports the sperm. Dr. Ulises Núñez, a urologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, clarifies some statements about this disease in this opportunity.
Myths and truths
This disease has a much higher incidence in men over 60 years of age (age is one of the most important risk factors for the development of this disease). Likewise, there is a significant number of patients with prostate cancer who are diagnosed under the age of 60.
Despite having a favorable prognosis, especially if detected in the early stages, not all cases of prostate cancer are cured.
Some of the tests may be uncomfortable for some patients. The two main screening methods used are the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal examination (DRE).
There are usually no specific symptoms in the early stages, which can make early detection difficult. However, as the cancer progresses, symptoms may appear that could indicate the presence of the disease.
There is scientific evidence to suggest that poor dietary habits may increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Some studies have reported that a diet rich in saturated fats, processed red meats, and full-fat dairy products may increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Recommendations of the specialist:
Adequate nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are fundamental for the prevention of neoplasms. Remember to have your preventive checkups, the detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer in early stages has a greater possibility of good management and treatment.
Dr. Ulises Núñez
Urologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma