Prostate cancer awareness at St Anne’s

2017-11-29 06:01
At the Netcare St Anne’s information day (from left) Sibusiso Makhaza (technical department), Dr Santosh Bugwandin (St Anne’s Specialist Urologist), Nico Booysen (Netcare St Anne’s Technical Manager), Selwyn van Wyk, Bulelwa Ndaba (CANSA) and Kwanele Mthalane (CANSA). PHOTO: supplied

At the Netcare St Anne’s information day (from left) Sibusiso Makhaza (technical department), Dr Santosh Bugwandin (St Anne’s Specialist Urologist), Nico Booysen (Netcare St Anne’s Technical Manager), Selwyn van Wyk, Bulelwa Ndaba (CANSA) and Kwanele Mthalane (CANSA). PHOTO: supplied

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NETCARE St Anne’s and CANSA Pietermaritzburg held information sessions for staff and the public on prostate cancer awareness.

Did you know that South African men have a one in 27 risk of getting prostate cancer.

FACTORS THAT INCREASE THE RISK FOR PROSTATE CANCER:

• age 40 and older (rapidly increased risk after 50);

• poor diet (more than 300g of red meat four times a week and high fat intake;

• smoking;

• lack of exercise;

• family history of prostate cancer;

• obesity; and

• alcohol intake

Robotic assisted prostrate cancer surgery is internationally recognised as the surgical gold standard for treating localised prostate cancer, and this cutting-edge technology is performed at three Netcare hospitals in South Africa.

CANSA encourages men to have regular screenings. Screening for prostate cancer includes a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen blood test. - Supplied.

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