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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer - How to prevent?

Prostate Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Prostate Cancer - Post-surgery care

Prostate Cancer - Other Information

Why was my 85-year old father / uncle not treated for his prostate cancer?

Treatment is occasionally not given to the elderly patient with slow-growing prostate cancer. The patient may have other diseases that are potentially life threatening, such as heart disease or lung disease. His cancer, if left alone, may not cause problems for many years to come.1

What tests should be done to detect prostate cancer?

Blood can be sent for prostate specific antigen or PSA. This marker may be elevated in people who have a benign enlargement of the prostate gland, infection of the prostate gland or prostate cancer.

What are methods to prevent getting prostate cancer?

Currently there are no proven preventive strategies. In general, living a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy balanced diet and stopping smoking are helpful. If you notice symptoms, consult a doctor at the earliest opportunity. Symptoms may include frequent urination, painful urination, increased urination at night, blood in the urine, and difficulty starting and maintaining a steady flow of urine.

Is prostate screening advised and if so at what age should it be started?

Based on recent large population based studies, at present there is a lack of evidence to support a population based screening for prostate cancer in Singapore. Patient should seek medical attention should there be symptoms as suggested above.

For further enquiries on prostate cancer, please call the Cancer Helpline at (65) 6225 5655 or email to cancerhelpline@nccs.com.sg
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