Prostate Cancer

HMC Raises awareness of Prostate Cancer

According to information released by the Ministry of Public Health, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in Qatar, followed by colorectal cancer.

Statistics released by the Ministry’s Qatar National Cancer Registry indicate that a total of 1,466 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2015, out of which there were 1,417 malignant cases, with prostate cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

The prostate is a walnut-sized organ located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland grow in an uncontrolled way. The cancer usually develops slowly and when found and treated early, it is often curable.

The symptoms of prostate cancer can vary, with some men having no symptoms and others experiencing warning signs such as difficulty urinating, frequent urination, and blood in the urine or semen.

Monitoring for prostate cancer is usually done with men being educated about the early urinary symptoms associated with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer can be suspected with a digital rectal exam to check if the prostate feels abnormal and also when a simple blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is raised.

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