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Prostate Cancer PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION

Prostate Cancer PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent among men. According to the Spanish Association Against Cancer, prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer internationally diagnosed in men.

Despite the high incidence, prostate cancer has a very high percentage of cure when diagnosed in its earliest stages, therefore experts emphasize the need to know the
main symptoms in order to detect the presence as soon as possible.

Prostate cancer does not cause symptoms in its early stages Prostate cancer can not be prevented because we do not know its primary causes. The only thing we can do is to diagnose it as early as possible, so that, when detected in the early stages, it is perfectly curable with few adverse effects; this is why periodical checks are so
important.

Although prostate cancer usually develops slowly with a late manifestation of its symptoms, it can be diagnosed through medical tests that based on the individual risk of each person. We recommend the first screening to start from the age of 50 or earlier if there is a direct family history.

In most cases, screening for prostate cancer is done by:

  • Prostate-specific antigen test (PSA) This test is used primarily to detect the possible presence of prostate cancer in men who have no symptoms.
  • Digital rectal exam (digital rectal examination): It is a painless test, although it can be a bit uncomfortable for the patient. It can be replaced by an external pelvic ultrasound.
  • Transrectal biopsy: If the PSA tests and digital rectal examination suggest the presence of a prostate cancer, the doctor will perform a biopsy to confirm the presence of the disease; it is the only test that allows confirming or ruling out the presence of prostate cancer.


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Technological advances in the field of diagnosis Currently the application of multiparametric magnetic resonance has been a breakthrough in the diagnosis of prostate 
cancer. 80% can be identified with this resonance. This is very important because we can direct the biopsies towards the suspect areas increasing the reliability of the obtained samples.

Furthermore it opens the way to targeted focal treatments that make it possible to avoid the undesirable effects of radical treatments. Additionally, these diagnostic advances allow us to differentiate more precisely between those patients who would need to be treated (and in what way) from those who would not meed to be treated, at least immediately.

At the HC Marbella International Hospital we recommend that you consult your doctor for the early detection tests at the earliest possible convenience and, in case of a
positive diagnosis of prostate cancer, consider to the treatment options. As a patient you should not be afraid to ask questions of your medical team. You must ask and establish a relationship of trust.

At HC Marbella we believe that listening to patients, understanding their concerns and those of their loved ones, and to have a realistic discussion of expectations is essential to help patients make an informed decision.



HC Marbella International Hospital (Marbella High Care International Hospital)
Private Hospital Marbella, Calle Ventura del Mar, 11, 29660
+34 952 908 628
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