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Prostate cancer, get checked annually from 40 if you have a family history

November is prostate cancer awareness month, and the Movember movement is a benchmark in the prevention of this disease, as well as testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. And in the context of this month of awareness, the Urology specialists of the Ribera health group advise to recommend urological examinations from the age of 50, in general, and from the age of 40 in the case of barons with a family history of prostate cancer . This is confirmed by doctors Francisco Javier Calahorra Fernández and Julio Fernández de l’Álamo, heads of the Urology services at the Vinalopó and Torrejón university hospitals. “The majority of patients who have prostate cancer do not have any associated symptoms, especially in the initial stages,” explains Dr. Fernández de l’Álamo. Hence the importance of reviews for early detection.

The Spanish Society of Oncology states that prostate cancer (CaP) is the most common tumor in men and constitutes the second cause of cancer mortality in this group (behind lung and colorectal cancer). In addition, he warns that its incidence increases with age: 90% of cases are diagnosed in people older than 65 years and the average age of diagnosis is 75 years.

Symptoms of prostate cancer

Dr. Calahorra explains, for his part, that “the symptoms of prostate cancer do not differ, in the initial stages, from men who present with benign prostatic hyperplasia or none at all”. For example, adds Dr. Fernández de l’Álamo, with the worsening of micturition quality “which can happen with advancing age, and which is most often related to a benign growth of the prostate”. The head of the Urology Service at the Torrejón Hospital assures that “as it is a disease that does not show any symptoms in the early stages, the main tool we have for its diagnosis is the PSA, a determination that it can be requested in the blood analysis and the physical examination through rectal touch”.

In any case, the professionals recommend going to the Primary Care doctor or the specialist, in the case of having health insurance and having the possibility of requesting a direct appointment, in the case of detecting the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • Weak urine flow and sometimes pain or burning
  • Need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely
  • Blood in the urine or semen

Hospitals such as Ribera Juan Cardona and Ribera Povisa have a check-up unit, among which you can request a urological or Androcheck medical check-up.

Both at the Torrejón University Hospital and the Vinalopó Hospital, there is hardly any delay in the treatment of this pathology and the results of the biopsy are delivered a few days after it is done.

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