Avail prostate cancer testing centres to public
EDITOR - My mother is a survivor of breast cancer. Thank God that it was diagnosed when she was in the US.
October is breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. This is a disease that mostly affects women and there are facilities around the whole of Zimbabwe where all women can get free cancer testing including smear test.
What I find amazing is that the biggest killer of BLACK MEN is prostate cancer. This is a disease that kills more black men over the age of 50 years old than Aids yet there are no facilities to provide FREE testing for our countrymen. We are hereby requesting our government to recognise prostate cancer the same way they recognise breast cancer. Prostate cancer is usually a very slow growing cancer, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage.
Most men with prostate cancer die of other causes, and many never know that they have the disease. But once prostate cancer begins to grow quickly or spreads outside the prostate, it is dangerous.
Prostate cancer in its early stages can be treated with very good chances for survival. Unfortunately in Zimbabwe there are no facilities to diagnose prostate cancer at an early stage of the disease.
Cancer that has spread beyond the prostate (eg lymph nodes, and lungs) is not curable, but it may be controlled for many years. Because of the many advances in available treatments, most men whose prostate cancer becomes widespread can expect to live five years or more.
Some men with advanced prostate cancer live a normal life and die of another cause, such as heart disease. I am kindly asking the same institutions that do smear test and HIV test to be facilities for prostate cancer testing. And for our government to recognise it as a chronic disease for the month of October every year. Jacob Mutisi.