Prostate Cancer Alert for Zim Young Men

…recent studies show that daily sexual intercourse reduces prostate cancer risk

…Free prostate cancer screening currently underway

THE Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ) has expressed concern over the increased cases of Prostate Cancer in Zimbabwe’s black men amidst indications that the most recent case was diagnosed in a man under the age of 40, which is a rare scenario elsewhere.

By Michael Gwarisa in Chinhoyi

CAZ information officer, Priscilla Mangwiro told journalists at a Media workshop in Chinhoyi yesterday that Zimbabwe was currently recording high cases of prostate cancer as compared to other years and they were yet to ascertain the real driver to the spike in the cancer cases.

“Prostate Cancer is most prevalent amongst black men as compared to other races. However, in Zimbabwe, it is most worrying that we are getting these cases in young below the ages of 40. The latest case we had was a man aged 35, this is unusual and it appears those cases could be increasing.

“Cancer is mainly a lifestyle disease, meaning how we live our lives every day could lead to cancer. Preventable habits like smoking tobacco, eating fatty foods, alcohol and adopting western lifestyles have been identified as the leading causes in the in cancers in Zimbabwe,” said Manwgiro.

She added that the Cancer association was currently running a two month Prostate cancer screening drive for men above the ages of 45 and invited men to participate in this initiative.

Meanwhile, Mangwiro urged married men and those who are sexually active to increase the frequency of having sex and ejaculation as recent scientific research has proven that ejaculating at least 21 times in a month whether trough normal sex or masturbation, reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

“It is true, recent studies have shown that men who ejaculate at least 21 times in a months are less at risk of developing prostate cancer. However, having multiple sexual partners increases the risk of cancer and other sexually transmitted ailments.”

She also urged both men and women to reduce beer consumption as it is also one of the leading causes of cancers. She said men would take at least two beers while women one beer a day to keep cancer away.

The relationship between diet and prostate cancer is linked to consumption of the Western diet. High calcium intake has been linked to advanced prostate cancer. Consuming fish may lower prostate cancer deaths, but does not appear to affect its occurrence. Some evidence supports lower rates of the condition with a vegetarian diet.

Foods and diets rich in lycopene which is found in cooked tomatoes and other red fruit, selenium which is found in Brazil nuts, cruciferous vegetables, soy, beans and other legumes; may be associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

The cancer is rated the second most common cancer and sixth leading cause of cancer deaths among men globally with over 1.1 million cases and 300, 000 deaths estimated in 2012.

In the United States, prostate cancer more commonly affects black men than white or Hispanic men and is also more deadly in black men.

According to the Urology Care Foundation, prostate cancer is the second most cause of all cancer-related deaths among men and about one in seven men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.



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