Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has launched a sporting event in collaboration with Doha Bank as part of the campaign “Be mustache – check” to raise awareness of prostate cancer, which is the second most common cancer in men in Qatar and the world, and the fifth leading cause of deaths in men from cancer globally.
QCS is holding awareness lectures and workshops involving various sectors in the country to raise 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 risk 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.
What’s more, men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products and fewer fruits and vegetables are susceptible to develop prostate cancer. Obese men run a higher risk of getting more advanced and serious prostate cancer.
Smoking is linked to increased risk of deaths from prostate cancer while exposures to chemicals in the workplace (like those firefighters are exposed to) may also increase one’s risk.
Dr. Rasheed added, “Symptoms of prostate cancer at the early stage are hardly visible. The symptoms become visible in 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, such as 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.