Pamphlets on the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer were distributed yesterday during a march against the cancerous disease, held in Luanda by the Angolan League against Cancer, on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Prostate Cancer, marked yesterday.
The march departed from the Cancer Control Institute, near the David Bernardino Pediatric Hospital, and finished at Josina Machel Hospital. Participants in the march were health workers and members of the Angolan League against Cancer, a disease that is more likely to be cured if it is diagnosed early.
The oncologist Lukal Afonso told Jornal de Angola, before the start of the march, that, from the age of 45, men should regularly take the prostate cancer screening test.
The treatment of the disease, added the doctor, may be surgical or based on radiotherapy or chemotherapy, depending on the stage of the disease.
The president of the Angolan League against Cancer, Luzimira
of Carvalho João, stressed that the purpose of the march is to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis in the fight against any type of cancer. The march also served to stimulate discussion around the taboo of cancerous diseases, especially prostate cancer, whose rectal examination many men avoid doing because of embarrassment. For this reason, the Angolan Cancer League struggles to ban prejudice, which results from the lack of information about the disease.
Luzimira Joao said that every man who lives, for example, up to age 85 is 90 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer.