Prostate Cancer is a disease that has a high chance of occurring in males that have a father, brother, or multipole blood relative that have this disease. But besides that, the causes of prostate cancer are unknown. But doctors have identified a common characteristic of this disease, which is it is a disease of aging. As you get older, your chance of developing prostate cancer increases. Therefore, it is a disease that is commonly found in older males.
The good news is that prostate cancer can be prevented if you follow this simple advice which Dr. Chalau has shared with us which are:
- The prevention of prostate cancer goes back to early diagnosis. The sooner you go for a test once you think you are experiencing some signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, the better as this will allow you to make an early diagnosis.
- If there is a history of someone in your family that has prostate cancer, it is advisable that you get tested to check, even if the signs and symptoms are not apparent.
- A healthy lifestyle is also another factor that can reduce your chance of getting prostate cancer. Bad habits such as smoking, eating unhealthy foods and lack of exercise could potentially lead to this disease occurring in you.
You can always come to Paradise Private Hospital for PSA testing It is a simple test, routinely performed during a physical exam whereby a doctor assesses the prostate for enlargement or abnormalities and checks the blood with what is known as a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).
This is the third part of a 3 part series on the topic of Prostate Cancer.
Article by: Dr Polapoi Chalau
Dr Polapoi Chalau
Dr. Polapoi Chalau joined Paradise Private Hospital in 2016 as their Medical Director with many years of experience working in senior medical leadership and health management in the public sector. He served as the CEO of Angau General Hospital in Lae for 7 years (2006-2014) and previously as the Chief Surgeon of PNG & Specialist advisor to the National Health Department (1993-2010).
Dr. Chalau’s many achievements include serving as the Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of PNG and being instrumental in setting up highly specialized training for surgeons at the country’s medical school. He holds a master’s in business administration- Executive (EMBA) from PNG University of Technology, Masters in Surgery, and a Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery from the University of PNG (UPNG).
Dr. Polapoi Chalau hails from Loamat Village – Rambutso Island in the Manus Province and is married with six children.
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