Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men in Qatar and the world, and the fifth highest cause of death in men from cancer globally.
QCS will hold awareness lectures and workshops involving various sectors in the country to raise people’s awareness of the symptoms of the disease, the factors responsible for it, as well as methods of prevention and cure.
According to Dr. Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, MD, Health Education, the chance of getting prostate cancer rises rapidly after the age of 50, while family history more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease.
In addition, men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products and few fruits and vegetables are susceptible to developing prostate cancer. Obese men run a higher risk of getting more advanced and serious prostate cancer.
Smoking is linked to an increased risk of death from prostate cancer, while exposure to chemicals in the workplace, like firefighters, may also increase one’s risk, he added.
Dr. Rasheed added further,“Symptoms of prostate cancer at the early stage are hardly visible. The symptoms become visible in the advanced stages. In most cases, symptoms are caused by benign prostatic enlargement, or an infection. So, it is important that you see a doctor to understand the symptoms.”
Symptoms of prostate cancer include problems urinating, including a weak or interrupted urinary flow, pain while urinating, inability to urinate, sense of incomplete emptying of the bladder, intense need to urinate, or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.