On September 14th, Israel and the entire world will mark Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. Ahead of this day, The ICA along with the Ministry of Health, publish the most updated statistics, showing that prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer disease amongst men; the most prevalent type of cancer amongst Jewish men (and others), and the third most prevalent type of cancer after lung and colorectal cancer in Arab men.
Prof. Lital Keinan-Boker, Director of the Israel Center for Disease Control (ICDC) at the Ministry of Health: "The incidence rate of invasive prostate cancer increases significantly from age 50 and up amongst all populations. The peak of morbidity is evident in the ages of 70-74 amongst Jews and others and 75 and up amongst Arabs. However, compared to Jews and others, Arabs show lower incidence rates in all age groups, aside from 75 and up."Moshe Bar-Haim, ICA Director General: "This is a great opportunity to remind everyone that researches have shown that adopting a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk of developing different types of cancer. A balanced diet, consisting of fruit and vegetables, avoiding processed, smoked, fried, salted and preserved food, reducing the consumption of red meat and choosing water over sweetened beverages, as well as maintaining a balanced body weight, engaging in physical exercise and avoiding smoking. – can all help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. At this time of High Holidays, we call on the pubic to follows a healthy, balanced diet as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and as an effective, proven way of reducing the risk of prostate cancer."
The following are the most updated statistics on prostate cancer. Due to the complexity of data collection, the current most updated statistics at the National Cancer Registry refer to 2018:
The Ministry of Health and ICA guidelines for early detection of cancer diseases do not include an all-encompassing recommendation for screening. However, the ICA does recommend paying attention to symptoms requiring medical attention. The main symptom requiring examination is difficulty in urinating. In addition, one or more of the following symptoms may occur:
Difficulty initiating urination.
Weak urine flow.
Urination takes longer, or stops and resumes intermittently.
A need to urinate more frequently during the day, though the overall amount is small.
A sudden need to urinate at night, unlike before.
An urgent need to urinate at any given time, with hardly being able to control it.
Feeling like urination is incomplete, though no further urine is excreted.
Pain or burning sensation when urinating.
Blood in semen.
Decline in sexual functioning.
If any of the above symptoms appear, the ICA recommends consulting a physician, preferably a urologist, for further inquiry. In most cases, it is not cancer, but proper, timely diagnosis will allow for suitable treatment.
A recent research from Western Australia examined the effect of exercise training on fatigue and quality of life in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy and their physical function. Further examined was the effect of clinic-and/or home-based resistance and/or aerobic exercise program during the course of radiation therapy in men with prostate cancer.
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