Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of male mortality worldwide and unfortunately, it shows no warning signs or symptoms at an early stage.

Prostate cancer is the result of abnormal cells developing inside the prostate gland, a part of the male sex organ where the urine passes through. It also secretes fluids that nourish the sperm.

Unhealthy lifestyle that includes smoking, excessive drinking, and poor diet increase a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer.  

Furthermore, men who have relatives diagnosed with prostate cancer are six times more prone to getting the disease. Fortunately, it is one of the few types of cancers that are curable especially at its early stage.

The symptoms of an advanced prostate cancer are hematuria or blood in urine, pelvic pain, bone pain, jaundice, and weakness.

Dr. Arturo Castro, Jr, a Urologist at ManilaMed recommends that men should have a prostate exam during annual check-ups just to make sure everything is okay.

According to Dr. Castro, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle may help prevent prostate cancer.

“There are some food that has been identified to prevent prostate cancer like soya or tofu, and tomato-based food or tomato-based products which are rich in lycopene. Green tea has also been identified to decrease the risk of prostate cancer,” he said.

There are several types of treatment for prostate cancer. One is the Open Retropubic Prostatectomy, which involves surgery to remove the prostate.

There is also the Laparoscopic Prostatectomy, which also removes the prostate but does so with minimal incisions.  Another is the more high-tech Robotic Radical Prostatectomy done using a robot called “Da Vinci”. During surgery, the robot is controlled by the surgeon–and this type of operation tends to be more precise in processing the nerves around the prostate resulting in early recovery of confidence and potency or erection.

ManilaMed has a Cancer Care Center that offers diagnostic procedures and systemic chemotherapy. It also offers various treatments that fit each patient’s needs.

Watch ManilaMed Healthline episode here to know more about prostate cancer. You may also visit ManilaMed or call (02) 523-8131 for more information.