‘Prostate cancer diagnosis late in India’
Dr Hrishikesh Deshmukh said, “Prostate cancer is a slow and silent killer. So, it is imperative to spread awareness about it. Catch it at an early stage, where it can be totally cured. Prostate cancer is becoming the commonest cancer among men."
PUNE: Almost 60 per cent of prostate cancer patients from India consult a doctor in the advanced stage in contrast to the developed world, where 80-90 per cent patients are diagnosed in the first stage itself.
Unfortunately, in India, diagnosis of the cancer is usually very late, said doctors. Dr Hrishikesh Deshmukh, urologist, said, “Prostate cancer is a slow and silent killer. So, it is imperative to spread awareness about it. Catch it at an early stage, where it can be totally cured. Prostate cancer is becoming the commonest cancer among men. Statistics say that almost one in six men suffers from prostate cancer in their lifetime. When it comes to treating potentially serious conditions, early diagnosis is the key. Generally, the earlier the treatment for a condition, greater are the chances for complete recovery.”
The Institute for Prostate Cancer (IPC) has organised a free consultation camp in the city. It will continue till October 15.
“Primary symptoms of the cancer are enlargement of the gland with growing age leading to obstruction in urinary passage, which results in symptoms such as straining to pass urine, frequency, night-time waking up for urine, poor flow, sense of incomplete evacuation. In the advanced stage cancer, symptoms of back pain, bone pain, loss of appetite and weight loss are prominent,” said Dr Deshmukh.
He added that to tackle the increasing rate of patients suffering from prostate cancer, it is advised to do regular screening and not to neglect any kind of back pain especially after 50 years of age.