We cannot overemphasise the importance of proactive healthcare. Proactive care fosters two-way dialogue between patients and healthcare providers intended to lessen the likelihood of sudden ailments or a deterioration in health.
It is of great concern that the number of men being diagnosed with late stage cancer is on the rise locally and globally. The problem, for most men, is that there is nothing more terrifying than going for the dreaded ‘finger check’. So much so that prostate cancer, which is highly treatable in its early stages, goes largely undetected until it is too late. Today though, unknown to many men, the first prostate exam for men over the age of 40 can be a simple blood test and additional tests would only be required if abnormalities are found.
We encourage monthly testicular self-examinations, annual medical check-ups, and cancer screening for early detection, especially since the symptoms do not always present until the cancer has spread. Men also need to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle, avoiding lifestyle factors that increase their risk of cancer and other diseases.