Doctor advocates regular screening to prevent prostate cancer


A medical expert, Dr Okai Aku, says regular Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening
can help in preventing prostate cancer from age 30.


Aku, who is the Director, Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), disclosed this in Abuja
in an interview with the press.


He said PSA screening is imperative for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer “because it is
through screening that the medical practitioner will be able to notice any enlargement.


And if there is any abnormal growth, surgery may be advised, depending on the size.”


Aku added that if the growth was at Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH) stage, it could be reduced.


He explained that BPH, also called prostate gland enlargement, was a common condition as men get
older, and an enlarged prostate gland could cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms such as blocking
the flow of urine out of the bladder and could also cause bladder, urinary tract problems.


The medical practitioner, who defined prostate cancer as a gland that bends the neck of bladder.

He said men from age 30 and above should be watchful of it.


He identified the common signs and symptoms as urgency, delay in passing urine, hesitancy, dribbling
and frequent passing of urine at night.


Aku said that men with early symptoms of prostate cancer passed urine more at night than in the day time.


He, however, emphasised the need for regular checks, saying it was the only way to prevent it.


He warned that if left untreated, prostate cancer could cause paralysis and other health implications.