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Some 1,400 deaths from prostate cancer are registered in the country each year, according to a specialist

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A first preventive consultation from the age of 18 to identify early any prostate disease that could lead to prostate cancer is a measure recommended by the renowned Dominican urologist, Octavio Cruz Pineda.

That first visit, explains the specialist, should be done between the ages of 16 and 18, because it allows evaluating and conducting studies that can prevent future diseases of the urinary or reproductive tract of man.

“I have always said that just as girls go to the gynecologist when they have their first menstruation and start medical check-ups, the boy should also do it because there are diseases at those ages that can ultimately cause serious problems, not only prostate in the third and fourth decade of her life, but also of fertility ”, he says.

He said that it is sad that a young man reaches 25 or 30 years old and gets married and has had a disease that could have been diagnosed and resolved at age 14, but since he was not evaluated by the specialist, he was not detected.

Cruz Pineda pointed out that prostate cancer has a high incidence in different countries and that in the Dominican Republic it is estimated that four people die every day from prostate cancer, about 1,400 cases a year in men over 45 years of age, so which is of great concern to doctors and patients.

In the United States, he said, 30,000 or more die each year and 170 to 175,000 are diagnosed per year and it is the second most diagnosed there, second only to skin cancer and in death it is only surpassed by lung cancer.

How to prevent
To prevent, it is advisable to avoid stress, healthy eating without many spices or spices, exercising, not leading a life of promiscuity, avoiding obesity, as well as a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol.

Also drink plenty of water and proper hygiene to avoid infections that lead to prostate disease.

He said that although there are blood and imaging studies, the most important when detecting any abnormal situation of the prostate continues to be the digital rectal exam or palpation with the finger because it is what tells the doctor if the prostate is soft or hard.

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Dr. Cruz Pineda made the recommendations when he was interviewed and participated as a guest in the Prostate Cancer and Prevention Webinar “-Fear + Exam” organized by ARS Yunen on the occasion of November being the month dedicated to the prevention of Prostate Cancer , the second in cause of cancer death in the United States.

From the age of 40
He recalled that the prostate begins to grow from the age of 25 to 30, but that it is from the age of 40 that it begins to present greater risks of cancer.

He said that at first it does not give any symptoms and when it begins to present it can be very late, “so we recommend that everyone who has a history of a family member who has suffered from prostate cancer begins their check-up at age 40, if they do not have no family member can start at 45 and 50 years of age ”.

“My recommendation is that at the age of forty you visit the urologist and from the age of 45 begin routine annual check-ups,” he said.

Among the discomforts that prostate growth can cause, he cited burning when urinating, decreased urine stream, difficulty urinating, blood in the urine or semen, among others, but none of them is an indication of cancer, so the patient should get his checkups.

He stressed that, fortunately, more and more men go to the urologist in the country, which shows that education and awareness work give results.

He recalled that the prostate is a gland that adds liquid substances and nutrients and minerals necessary to increase the volume of sperm at the time of ejaculation.







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