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Prostate Cancer Is Hereditary, Says Dr Patel

Prostate Cancer Is Hereditary, Says Dr Patel
Urology Registrar at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Doctor Rajeev Patel. PICTURE: SUPPLIED
November 09
11:00 2017


Urology Registrar at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Doctor Rajeev Patel said elderly men are more likely to get prostrate cancer.

Dr Patel also highlighted that men with a family history of prostate cancer have higher chances of getting the disease.

“If you are 60, there are 60 per cent chances that you will get prostate cancer, these have been proven by studies,” Dr Patel said.

“If your granddad died from prostate cancer, then there are high chances of your getting prostate cancer,” he said.

He said a man living with prostate cancer will have no clear signs or symptoms to indicate that they have the disease.

“Although they may have been tested in their early years they will not know whether they have prostrate cancer until they have been admitted,” he said.

“That is why the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is focusing on creating awareness about prostate cancer so that people can get checked early.

“Those with a positive family history have high chances of getting the cancer.

Dr Patel urges men to get a Specific Antigen (PSA) and a finger test for prostate cancer.

“If the result is positive, we will then proceed with a biopsy to confirm whether one has the cancer or not,” he said.

November is the month to raise awareness against prostate cancer in the country.

“The Ministry of Health and Fiji Cancer Society are raising awareness on prostate cancer; the disease needs extensive awareness,” he said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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