In addition to November being Family Month, it is also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and for this reason, the Ralma Municipal Medical Center, located in Villa Faro, Santo Domingo Este, carried out this Friday the 19th a free detection and prostate cancer prevention.
In this operation, carried out from 7:30 to 11:00 in the morning, around 100 patients over 50 years of age were evaluated by a team made up of 12 urologists, led by Dr. Rafael Hernández, director of the center, with well-developed logistics that allowed the flow in record time.
Previously, the patients had undergone an interview where all their medical history was collected and during the day they underwent a blood test to determine their levels of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and a physical examination with digital rectal examination.
Results take about a week and each patient will be contacted. Those that merit further subsequent studies are provided with the facilities for other institutions to give them due follow-up.
The main fear of the man who goes to a prostate exam for the first time is usually the performance of the digital rectal examination. The procedure is very fast, contrary to what some men may imagine.
The digital rectal examination in the prostate exam lasts about 10 seconds. “It’s uncomfortable but it doesn’t kill,” emphasizes Dr. Hernández.
Regarding the increase in men to his consultation, the doctor commented: “We are changing and we see that the 40-year-old man is beginning to be evaluated and go to the urologist and it has been the result of an arduous campaign by us as urology professionals who have been creating conscience in this population ”.
According to the specialist, those who do not periodically undergo their medical examination is because they act with sheer ignorance.
“It is the lack of information that makes men have this negativity, added to machismo since there are those who believe that their manhood is going to be threatened by a rectal examination, but it is not like that,” he said.
“A prostate cancer diagnosed early has a cure and most of the patients we diagnose are in an intermediate stage that makes it easier for us to treat it,” Hernández added.
He concluded by saying that men are very afraid of prostate cancer and more and more are being diagnosed because they are going to the doctor more.
The doctor recalled taking into account the age of the patient, since it is an influential factor. The older the patient, the more likely they are to develop cancer. Another important factor is the family history, “the son of a man with prostate cancer has a very high probability of developing it,” said Hernández.
According to data provided by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), with more than 412 thousand new cases and more than 85 thousand deaths, prostate cancer is the first cancer in the Americas in terms of new cases and the second in in terms of cancer deaths in men.