Not all men can get rid of prostate cancer, but in many cases they can live with it for a long time because cancer today is a chronic disease. In addition, since the beginning of this year, state-funded treatment is available at all stages of prostate cancer. There are also the development of treatments that allow you to stay longer during and after treatment and provide better quality of life than before. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (SPCC) show that of 8665 prostate cancer patients registered at the end of 2017, 4,133 records were recorded for more than 5 years. If prostate cancer is detected, the urine should be in contact with all life. It is important to continue regular PSA (prostate specific antigen) monitoring and to maintain progression symptoms that may be related to urinary problems, erection problems, blood in the urine or sperm, low back pain or regular thighs, according to your doctor.
"This year, much work has been done on men's health in Latvia: improved urological availability, new opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and observation are offered to men affected by prostate cancer, thus raising expectations for a favorable outcome," says P. Vaganov.
According to the doctor, men who are suspected of having prostate cancer using the Green Corridor, with indication of a family doctor, are available within 10 days. "For those of us who find malignant tumors, the latest non-invasive treatment methods are available, which allows them to fully return to their daily lives in a few weeks and, after a long period of time, restore their potency. , it is important that the tumor is detected early, which can only be done if the man regularly performs the PSA test and goes to the doctor. Many thanks to the government for having approved several projects on the purchase of the latest hardware in the field of urology this year as well as a national drug reimbursement drug that included a new drug for the treatment of prostate cancer in the latter stages of metastatic cancer. "This significantly increases the life expectancy of patients," says P. Vaganov.
What should be known by Latvian men?
For almost 20 years, worldwide prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in men.
In Latvia, this is the second most common type of cancer. (Data from the National Health Service (NSA))
In 2017, 1286 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed. (SPCC Data)
The number of single and primary malignant prostate tumors in the first eight months of 2018 was 4059 (of which 814 were the first). (NVD Data)
In Europe, prostate cancer is about 3 million men, half of whom lived for five years or more since the diagnosis was diagnosed. If a tumor is detected at an early stage, it can be discarded and remission is possible without recovery of the disease for 20 to 30 years or more.
Even if there are no complaints (prostate cancer can not have any symptoms at an early stage), routine prostate exams should be performed from age 50 onwards. From the age of 50, with a GP dispatcher every two years, the PSA test is paid for by the state.
Prostate cancer affects younger men. If a man in your family has done so, tests should be done, and at the beginning of your urine you should be 40 to 45 years old.
Prostate cancer can be treated at all stages of the disease. Not only the support and encouragement of doctors, but also those around them, is very important.