Cancer is becoming an increasing health concern In Nigeria. Earlier Hope for the Village Child Foundation held a screening on cervical cancer in women, and after that, there was an outcry from the men that they should not be neglected. To this end, the organization hosted a screening on prostate cancer on 4th of October 2018. Men 45 years of age and above were invited to take part.
The day began with an information session by Dr. Biya Cephas of General Hospital Sabon Tasha Kaduna and his colleague Dr. Aminu Lawal of Nasiha Hospital and Maternity in Rigasa, Kaduna. They gave the participants important facts about prostate cancer.
Among the facts were these:
- Prostate cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the world, and the 2nd most common cancer in men.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime; it’s the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men.
- 6% of the total deaths in men is caused by prostate cancer.
- The causes of cancer of any type still remain unknown and prostate cancer is no exception
- Risk factors are such as Advanced Age, Race, Family History and Lifestyles of individuals
The doctors emphasized that there is nothing that can be done to eliminate the first three risk factors above, but there is much that can be done regarding lifestyle. The doctors stressed that the men should avoid over eating, especially of much red meat and fatty food; over-indulgence in alcohol; and smoking. They also encouraged the men to get enough physical exercise in order to remain health or to fight off disease.
During the talk the doctors told the men what signs may be present to indicate the presence of prostate cancer. After the informative session, each of the men was given the opportunity for a complete physical checkup from the doctors as well as a blood test and in some cases, a scan to determine their own status. Necessary referrals were made.
For the men the day was valuable, and their request was that another time be set aside for more men to avail themselves of the opportunity. Not only were they informed of their status, but the knowledge they gained was something they could share with other men in their circle of friends and relatives.