It's 'Movember', the time of the year when we speak with the men we hold dear about health, such as prostate and testicular cancer
1 November 2020| Last updated on 2 November 2020
Let’s bring the conversation on the table about men’s health
Women in the UAE are always encouraged to get screenings and tests to keep a check on their health.
The same should apply to men’s health as well, but studies have shown that men place their health last. Numerous worldwide research has proven that most males tend to visit a doctor only when their conditions gets serious.
There is a worrying lack of awareness and knowledge about various men's diseases which prevents them from acting on time, delaying them in seeking help.
Of these conditions, urological cancers are rather very common in men. When left untreated, it can either prove to be fatal or have long-term consequences, especially urological cancers such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Many of our male colleagues, friends, and loved ones can be affected by these issues, making it ever more important for us to encourage proactive health screenings for those we hold close.
Numerous local and international studies have revealed that prostate cancer continues to be among the top five cancers affecting the UAE's male population.
As per the recorded cases, 6 out of 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is quite rare among men of 40 years or younger.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a small gland which is usually the size and shape of a walnut, and it sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate gland can develop a tumour, which can be cancerous.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
The most common symptoms include difficulty or pain in urinating, loss of bladder control, blood in urine, frequent urination etc.
It is important to note that prostate cancer is largely asymptomatic in its early stages.
What causes prostate cancer?
There is no definitive causative factor for developing prostate cancer but there are certain risk factors which includes age, family history, lifestyle and ethnicity.
Prostate cancer testing is performed to detect the cancer at its earliest stage before it progresses.
There are two common tests for initial detection, a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test. For men over 40, it is important to get a Prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening annually.
Testicular cancer has lower incidence in the UAE and generally affects the younger male population between the ages of 15 to 35.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms can show at any age and if testicular cancer is left untreated, it can prove to be fatal.
The most common symptoms of testicular cancer are a swelling or lump in the testes. Other symptoms such as changes in shape, size, look and pain are also something men should look out for.
Unlike prostate cancer, men can diagnose themselves by feeling these changes. The condition can be further confirmed by the urologist by performing ultrasound and blood tests.
Go for regular checkups!
It is important to understand the role of the family and friends who can encourage and educate men in their community to go for early health screenings.
Men shouldn’t ignore their health. Pay attention to the changes in your body and don’t ignore unusual symptoms. We recommend that men visit their healthcare professional regularly.
In the spirit of raising awareness for men’s health during the month of November, Mediclinic City Hospital is offering special health packages for men to mark Men’s Health Awareness Month.
During November, you can take advantage of a 50% discount on a customized range of tests for under and over 40s, as well as a consultation with a urologist.
For more information, click here or call 04 555 9101 to book appointment for yourself or for your loved one.