A Professor of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Umezulike Aligbe, has said that early detection of prostate cancer in men, especially those with a family history of the condition, must be seen as crucial to reducing prostate cancer cases and mortality, Punch Newspaper reports.
Alegbe also noted that patients with prostate cancer and those with a family history of the condition should also always consider early surgical removal of the prostate, noting that this significantly helps to prevent prostate cancer complications and deaths.
The forensic expert, while disclosing that he is currently conducting studies on breast and prostate cancers said the chances of the occurrence of prostate cancer in men whose relatives have suffered from the condition is very high, compared to others.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the commonest cancer that affects men, after skin cancer, adding that the condition is more prevalent in men older than 60 years.
Also, a 2018 report by the National Centre for Biotechnology revealed that prostate cancer accounted for 1,276,106 cases of cancer worldwide.
Also, according to a paper titled: “Prevalence of prostate cancer at autopsy in Nigeria—A preliminary report”, published online by Wiley Online Library, prostate cancer is the most prevalent male malignancy in West Africa, including Nigeria, according to population-based cancer registry data.
These data, the report noted, are however based mainly on hospital data and may not reflect the correct cancer incidences in the Nigerian population because access to hospital and specialist medical care is very uneven, thus making screening rare.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer also reported that in Nigeria, prostate cancer constituted 29.1 per cent of all male cancers in 2018.
Aligbe, however, stressed that early detection remains fundamental to curbing prostate severity, complications and death.
“As far as I know, prostate cancer runs in a family. Therefore, anybody whose father has had prostate cancer should anticipate it.
“However, the important thing is that if the patient can find a way of detecting the condition early, then prompt removal is advised, as it can help to reduce the hazard.”
“Everybody should be able to visit the hospital and meet the appropriate doctor for inquiries and examination of their prostate health.”