By Confidente Reporter
PROSTATE Cancer has been the most diagnosed form of cancer accounting to 23,6 percent of cancers prevalent in Namibian men, closely followed by Kaposi Sarcoma at 18,4 percent the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) has said. Prostate Cancer remains a concern at an average of 321 cases per annum and Kaposi Sarcoma averages 164 cases per annum. Announcing the “Movember Movement” health initiative in support of the early detection of male forms of cancer, CAN said early detection and endeavours to eliminate stigma surrounding both types of cancer is done by encouraging men to grow a beard or moustache and challenge one another to have a medical check-up done. CAN also further encouraged men to share their health concerns with their peers. “Being the most common type of cancer among young men (15-37 years), most of men are completely unaware of testicular cancer. Worldwide, there are 48,500 new patients diagnosed with testicular cancer each year; 8,900 of these men will die,” CAN said. CAN further added that prostate cancer mainly occurs in older men. About six cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66. Both types of cancer are curable if detected at the early stages. The 2017 CAN “Grow a Mo – Save a Bro” campaign stressed the significance of self-examination in detecting testicular cancer. Similarly, DRE (Digital Rectal Examination) & PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) tests are two major exams for early detection of prostate cancer. “During the period 2010 – 2014, a total of 11 248 malignantneoplasms were recorded among the Namibian population during this five-year period, of which 5 125 were in males (45.6 percent) and 6 123 in females (54.4 percent). The current interim data with the Namibia National Cancer Registry shows that skin cancer is the most occurring form of cancer amongst Namibian men. An average of 504 new cases per annum (including Basal Cell and Squamous Cell carcinomas) were recorded during the period 2014, 2015, 2016,” CAN said. Men’s Health Clinics will be hosted by the CAN regularly on Tuesdays. Bookings must be made in advance by telephone, and the cost is N$70 per Namibian male. The clinic includes an education session, family history and personal history consultation, PSA screening (only a prick of the finger and blood taken), as a first step in cancer screening.
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