November is globally known as the "November bearded" (or "Movember") when men are encouraged to check for prostate cancer.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Health (VLK) State Patient Fund, with the invitation of Lithuanian men to participate free of charge in the prostate cancer prevention program, contributes to this initiative together with the Lithuanian Society of Prostate Cancer (LSPVD) and the Club Barzdai.
"During the 10 months of this year, according to the budget of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (PSDF), the prostate cancer prevention program funded by more than 84,000 people was tested.
That means 374 thousand. Lithuanian men, who can be tested free for prostate cancer according to their age group, are diagnosed with only one in four.
Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in men and women in Lithuania and Europe, and its causes are increasing annually. So we want to urge men not to be late and approach their family doctor as soon as possible and check their health, "says Oksana Burokien, senior specialist in the VLK Department of Expertise and Service Control.
According to her, prostate cancer is a very maladaptive disease, since in the early stages of the disease patients do not experience any symptoms and, when they do occur, the disease is already advanced and their treatment becomes more difficult.
Early detection of cancer is much easier to cure. Therefore, in order to diagnose this disease as early as possible, the disease fund prepares a preventive program for prostate cancer, for which only 2.3 million people were allocated this year. of the PSDF budget.
Men and women between 50 and 69 years old (inclusive) can participate in this preventive program, and if their parents or siblings suffer from prostate cancer from the age of 45. Also, if the husband is not the age of a programmer but has complaints about his health, he should also contact his doctor immediately.
"Until recently, it was a shame to talk about men's health." Now, more and more men dare to admit that they also need courage, often friendship, community, and of course knowledge.We begin to realize that having checks timely health or change their habits can save not only health, life, but also the family, "said Barzdai Club president Valdas Samkus. According to VLK experts, men have no reason to fear prostate cancer research.
During the test, a blood sample is collected, which shows the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. If within the limits of the PSA, the patient is healthy, and if he is high – the doctor sends him to the advice of a medical specialist.
Treatment is only initiated if the condition is detected by the urologist to correct the diagnosis. Patients' cash registers recall that currently four cancer prevention programs can be tested for free in Lithuania – prostate, colon, cervical, and breast cancer.
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