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PASYKAF launches male cancer awareness campaign

Male cancers, some types of which can affect men as early as 15 years of age, are curable if caught and treated in the very early stages, said cancer patients’ association PASYKAF, at the launch of its Male Cancer Awareness campaign.

This is the fourth year the campaign has been running. It aims at informing men on the prevention and early diagnosis of testicular, bladder, and prostate cancers so they to be dealt with effectively to reduce the number of deaths.

According to the Cyprus cancer file, PASYKAF said, prostate cancer is the most common type among men with 2,198 cases registered between 2008 and 2012, accounting for almost one third of male cancers. During the same period, 592 cases of bladder cancer in men were recorded.

It added that more than 400 new cases of prostate cancer are recorded each year in Cyprus on men over 45.

“Testicular cancer is the most frequent malignant disease in the age group between 15 to 35, making it the third leading cause of death in this age group. Prostate cancer is one of the dominant medical problems the male population over 50 years old, and is the most common cancer in men and the second leading cause of death from malignancies, after lung cancer. Bladder cancer is the second most frequent tumor of the genitourinary system whose development advances with increasing age, over 65 years,” PASYKAF said.

“Unfortunately, a large percentage of men of all ages, do not seek treatment on time and as result, by the time of diagnosis, the cancer has already spread to other areas of the body. It is unthinkable due to procrastination to have such a delay leading to sometimes negative results”.

This year, as part of its male cancer awareness campaign, PASYKAF and Greek Petroleum EKO, are offering nationwide, free urological examinations to men who turn 50 birthdays in July. This offer has been made possible with the collaboration of the Cyprus Urological Association and the Association of Clinical Laboratory Directors.

Starting from July, PASYKAF said it would launch an extensive awareness campaign which includes distribution of information materials such as brochures, testicular self-examination cards, posters, TV spots, radio spots, and lectures in schools and army camps.

PASYKAF, beyond its awareness campaign for prevention and treatment of male cancer, also provides free specialised services which help strengthen patients and which include psychosocial support, round the clock, home nursing and hospice care, physiotherapy, lymphedema clinics, and patient transport.

The campaign is under the auspices of the health ministry.

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