“My awareness saved me. One day, stuck in traffic on my way to work, I was scrolling through my social media feeds and saw an ad for Prostate Cancer awareness, and for some reason it made me think that I should go and see my andrologist and get a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test. Which I did, and shortly got diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer. I’ve gone through treatment and got the all clear in early 2021.
To think that on that same day, I might have scrolled past that ad without thinking much of it, which might have made my journey a whole lot harder and longer. I draw my strength from knowing more about my disease, because once I began taking action, I was given an opportunity to live.
It was definitely an eye opener for me because, by now I know that it was my awareness that saved me, as according to my oncologist, my cancer was aggressive and would have spread quickly had I not been treated.”
According to a study done by the Global Cancer Observatory in 2020, Prostate Cancer is ranked number 7 in total cancer types in Egypt. Which, as per the WHO, ranks Egypt as number 154 worldwide for death by prostate cancer.
More About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumor.
Some of its signs and symptoms are:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Bone pain
- Losing weight without trying
- Erectile dysfunction
As for the risk factors, it varies upon each one, so for instance, it’s mostly common after the age of 50, but if you have family history, you should start doing check-ups after turning 45. The second factor is race; for some undetermined reason, people with darker skin tones are more at risk of getting it more aggressively and advanced. And finally, the weight factor, healthy weight helps you lessen the risk and get more accurate results when you test.