Unlike breast cancer, prostate cancer cannot be detected by touch

Merdeka.com – Some types of cancer, can be recognized easily based on the visual. However, some other types such as breast cancer can be recognized by touch or touch.

Unlike breast cancer, early detection of prostate cancer cannot be done by simply touching certain organs, said a urologist from the Indonesian Association of Urologists (IAUI) dr. Agus Rizal Ardy Hariandy Hamid, SpU(K), PhD.

“(The prostate) is on the inside, so it’s impossible for someone to suddenly just touch your hand, cheek or other organ, and then say you have a prostate. Because it’s inside, under the bladder, it’s impossible to see from the outside,” he said. in a virtual media briefing some time ago reported by Antara.

Agus, who serves as the Chair of Prostate Awareness Month, advised men to carry out prostate-specific antigen (PSA) examination as one of the detection steps. PSA or blood tests without considering a certain time can be done in conjunction with a medical check-up which is generally recommended once a year.

“Cancer screening should be done once a year, but we will evaluate it. According to studies, there are some people who can be (screened) every 2 years, for practice it is better to have once a year along with a medical check-up,” said Agus.

The normal value for PSA is below 4 ng/ml. Chances of cancer will increase along with the increase in PSA. PSA levels of 3.1-4 ng/ml were associated with a 26.9 percent risk of prostate cancer.

The Importance of Screening and Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

Increased value when there is enlargement of the benign prostate, prostatitis, and other benign conditions. Screening for prostate cancer can be started for men over 45 years old with a family history of prostate cancer and men over 50 years old who have urinary problems.

In addition to PSA, early detection of prostate cancer can also be done through the Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) or digital rectal to assess and see prostate size, consistency, shape, and presence or absence of abnormalities in the shape of the prostate and a history interview (anamnesis). Furthermore, the diagnosis of a man has cancer or not through a biopsy that can be done through the rectum or groin and imaging tests such as TRUS, CT, mpMRI to bone scans.

The prostate is a gland in men located under the bladder and around the urinary tract. These glands function to produce fluid that carries semen or semen and helps expel semen during ejaculation.

Normally, the prostate is 15-25 ml or about the size of a chestnut. However, there can be enlargement with age due to hormonal changes. [RWP]

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