16 September 2014

Prostate Cancer Affects not only the Grandfather

When a man is told that he has prostate cancer of course it affects their own body, but largely also those close around him. But most people live a long time with their disease and die from something else.

September is prostate cancer month with an international prostate cancer day on 15 September. Then men around the world will create awareness about the disease among other things, the sale of the blue band, which went on sale in the United States in the 1990s, is a symbol of the fight against prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Association in Sweden is pushing the issue "The mortality curve must be broken!" Here you see a list of some hundred activities taking place in our country in this autumn.

- In order to defeat cancer is the interaction is everything, Sanna Wärn says. She is responsible for liaising with patient organizations within the Cancer field. The Prostate Cancer Association makes in its September campaign an important contribution by highlighting important issues for Sweden's most common cancer. They have a strength in local involvement that has spread across the country and in the impressive number of activities; everything from information activities regarding the cancer to influence politicians.

The Prostate Cancer Association is working to improve patient-centered and cohesive care where the most effective treatment methods and medications can be used.

There are 26 local branches in our country. As a member of a branch, you get peer support, magazine, information and invitations to various events. You will find your local branch here.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Sweden. The number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 amounted, according to the Board's statistics to 8985 people. The same year 2388 men died from the disease. In Sweden today about 85 000 men live who have or have had prostate cancer.

The disease affects mostly older men - about half of those affected in Sweden is 70 years.

Prostate cancer in early stage is usually asymptomatic, but may later cause problems with weak urine stream, urgency, and blood in the urine.

If signs of prostate cancer, a blood sample is taken to determine the PSA value. An increased value may give cause for further investigation, but need not be a sign of prostate cancer.

How prostate cancer is treated depends among other things in what stage the tumor is located.

Marita Önneby Eliasson

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