Many Nigerian men ignorant of prostate cancer risk

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Many more Nigerian men have never been screened for prostate cancer; this reveals the high risk of increasing prostate cancer patients and low level of screening and awareness in the county, says a new research finding.

“On a daily basis at least 15 men die in Nigeria”. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Nigerian men with 13,078 new cases (which is 29.1%) and 5,806 deaths in 2018. The age-standardised incidence rates (ASR) for prostate cancer was 32.8 new cases per 100,000 men and mortality rate were about 16.3 per 100,000 men in 2018 according to the World Health Organisation.

Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in Nigeria, whereas breast is the first and cervical cancer the second. Cancer is a critical public health problem in this population.

The researchers found that 82.1% of Nigerian men who participated in the study have never been screened for prostate cancer and most of them are 40 years and above which is the prostate cancer risk age, revealing that only some 13.8% reported having been screened for prostate cancer.

“This reveals the low screening levels for prostate screenings in Nigeria. Out of 901 men, only 124 have ever been checked for prostate cancer, while 740 have never. This result clearly explains the rationale for late detection of prostate cancer in Nigeria and increasing cancer death,” says Runcie Chidebe, the researcher and executive director, Project PINK BLUE.

He added: “In Nigeria, there is no organised screenings or a national screening programme; what is currently available is sporadic screenings, driven by nonprofits and non-governmental organisations hosting medical missions in diverse communities.

The research conducted by a non-governmental organisation, Project PINK BLUE, explores on Prostate Cancer Awareness, Health Behaviours and Attitudes in Nigeria, supported … Read More...