Uniting for Awareness in Prostate Cancer Month

Jun 19, 2024 | Press Release

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This June, the Philippines celebrates Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This campaign’s main objectives are to raise awareness, conduct innovative research, and support those afflicted by the disease. In line with this, Medi Linx Laboratory has partnered with GMA Kapuso Foundation to provide 100 free PSA tests to the Abaca Farmers of Iligan City. Reaching out and helping our less fortunate brothers is one of our missions here at Medi Linx.

So, why is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month important? Men’s health, in particular, should be given attention and importance, just like women’s. That’s why this month is dedicated to all the dads and lolos out there and ensuring they get the healthcare they need. 

This article will provide the necessary details about the disease and the importance of regular check-ups, especially for men aged 40 and above.


Why is Prostate Cancer Screening Important? 

Prostate cancer is a common occurrence in men nowadays, particularly among those who are in their 50s and above. Unlike other aggressive cancers, it slowly grows and is only limited to the prostate gland. 

However, even though its progression is slower compared to other cancers, it cannot be taken lightly. Thus, screening for prostate cancer is essential because it can help you detect if you have prostate cancer or if you have similar conditions. If you detect prostate cancer quite early, you should follow it up with immediate treatment.


What Causes Prostate Cancer?

The prostate is a tiny gland shaped like a walnut. In males, it is responsible for the seminal fluid that helps nourish and transport sperm. It is located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra, which allows urine to be transferred, passes through the prostate. In addition, the prostate produces some of the liquid that comprises semen. 

Medical experts do not know what exactly causes prostate cancer. Prostate cancer occurs after a tumor forms in the prostate. It begins with DNA changes in the prostate cells. When cell division occurs, these abnormal prostate cells remain, multiply, and then form a tumor while the other cells die. Eventually, the abnormal cells may spread to different parts of the body (metastasize). 


Determinants For Prostate Cancer

Some variables can increase your risk of prostate cancer. These are:

  • Age: As you get older, the likelihood of developing prostate cancer becomes stronger due to risk factors. There is a higher chance of diagnosis, especially for those who are over 50. 
  • Genetics: If a close member of your family has received a diagnosis, then you are also twice as likely to develop prostate cancer. Genetics influences 58% of prostate cancer cases. Carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene raises the chances of having prostate cancer within your family. 
  • Obesity: Compared with people considered to have a healthy weight, those who suffer from obesity have a higher risk of prostate cancer. 

Additional risk factors include smoking, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland). 

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer 

For early-stage prostate cancer, a man may experience the following:

  • Difficulty in urination 
  • Frequent urination
  • Weakened flow of urine
  • Burning sensation and pain during urination 
  • Painful ejaculation 
  • Impotence

For more advanced stages of prostate cancer:

  • Difficulty getting an erection 
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Back, hip, rib, and other bone pain

Taking Action And Early Detection Via Total Prostate Specific Antigen test

  1. Early Screening: An early screening helps detect prostate cancer. It is also crucial for prostate cancer recovery, with immediate treatment. Those at average risk usually have their first screening at age 55.

    There are some tests or procedures to undergo to confirm you may have prostate cancer. These are:

    • Rectal exam: Your doctor will examine your prostate gland through the rectum. 
    • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: Your doctor will use a needle to draw blood from your vein.
  2. Educate yourself. You can read articles about the disease online and talk to more knowledgeable doctors to clarify your understanding. 
  3. Encourage the men in your life to take an early screening. Talk to your male family members about the dangers of prostate cancer, early screening, maintenance, and recovery. 
  4. Find a support group online. Men usually find it hard to talk about their feelings, especially after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Finding a support group online can significantly benefit those who suffer from the same disease because they will feel less lonely, and it will give them anonymity when posting online about their struggles.   
  5. Advocate for better healthcare. Support initiatives like Prostate Cancer Awareness that push for better and more accessible healthcare for everyone.  


Excellent Men’s Health Laboratory Services With Medi Linx

Medi Linx is dedicated to providing high-quality Men’s Health laboratory tests. Please check out our Cancer Screening package, which consists of the following tests:


Is prostate cancer curable?

There is a high chance of a cure for prostate cancer if there is early identification and immediate treatment.


What are the main causes of prostate cancer?

Medical experts do not know exactly what causes prostate cancer. 


Can prostate cancer be 100% cured?

Prostate cancer can be cured if it is detected early and the patient gets immediate treatment. 


Get Tested for PSA This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Medi Linx Laboratory Inc. provides comprehensive laboratory testing services and understands the power of preventative medicine. We hope this June is an opportunity for others to learn about prostate cancer. Test early with us today! Book PSA via Virtual Lab and call us at 0939-922731 or visit our QC Lab on the 2nd floor of Avire Tower P. Tuazon Blvd. Project 4, Quezon City.




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