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Men should speak out on prostate cancer

25 September 2012, 11:26 Kelvin Wanjohi

Silence among men is a major hindrance to early detection and treatment of prostate cancer, a Nyeri based doctor said yesterday.

Doctor B.K Kanina, an Urologist (urinary track specialist) said although the disease was treatable, it was emerging as a top killer after lung cancer in developed countries.

Giving a public lecture at a men seminar at the PCEA hall in Nyahururu town, Dr Kanina urged men to ignore the many myths being peddled about prostate cancer and go for checkup.

“Prostate cancer has nothing to do with sexual ability”, he said when answering a question from the audience who wanted to know if lack of sex increased risks of developing the cancer.

He advised men who are above 40 years of age not to ignore any pain when urinating or any uncomfortable feeling around the pelvic region saying risks of prostate cancer increased with age. He said prostate gland enlarge as men advance in age but added that not all enlarged prostate glands are cancerous.

He said the cancer affects 80 percent of men aged at 80 years. He enumerated several elderly world leaders who had admitted to suffering from the disease.

The meeting was initiated by a retired PCEA clergyman Pastor John Muraguri Muita who said he found it good to have men educated on the disease after he was successfully treated for one and also a heart ailment after both problems were detected early.

“Had I remained silent like many men in central Kenya do, I could not have been treated successfully”, Pastor Muita said adding that he knew he had problems after feeling pain on the lower abdomen that forced him to loosen his belt every time he sat down.

Dr Kanina urged parents to be monitoring the grown of their boy children saying some problems that start at childhood such as bed wetting and deformed male parts can affect their future life.

The Urologist said there were several factors that increased risks of one developing cancer among them blood relations and genes within families but added that healthy eating minimized the risks.

The Nyahururu PCEA church parish priest Peter Muhia urged men to speak to each other whenever they had problems saying that was one way they can get solutions.

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