Every year Cyprus sees 480 new cases of prostate cancer, the Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference of the Europe Uomo Cyprus, a prostate cancer awareness association, Ioannou said that the health ministry was making constant efforts to improve the services it provides for the timely diagnosis and identification of prostate cancer, as well as its ability to offer modern treatments.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for adult males and is the is second most frequent cause of death after lung cancer, despite its tendency to develop gradually without showing particular signs, Ioannou noted.
With 480 new incidents of prostate cancer appearing in Cyprus on an annual basis, Ioannou highlighted the importance for all men over the age of 50 to undergo screening.
The main risk factors, Ioannou said, are obesity, age, and family history, noting that men with a family history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease than those without the cancer in their family history.
“Timely diagnosis is possible as along as every man becomes sensitised and acts immediately in view of such an important issue,” Ioannou said.
Regarding treatment, Ioannou noted that prostate cancer is considered curable in its early stages, while even in advanced stages patients have approximately five years of life – much longer than with other types of cancer – since prostate cancer is not aggressive and responds positively to hormone (ADT) treatment and chemotherapy.