Monday, September 10, 2012

10 September - Health - September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Dr Martin De Villiers - Family physician telling us more about Prostate Cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and it is said to be one of the most common cancers affecting men throughout the world. The month aims to encourage more men to talk about the disease and to be aware of the importance of annual screening. Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth and multiplication of cells in the prostate which is a small gland the size of a walnut located below the bladder and around the urethra. The rapidly multiplying cells form a tumour that is graded from stage 1 to stage 4 depending on the size and spread of the tumour. In stage 4 the cancer may have spread to nearby muscles, organs, lymph nodes and other parts of the body and can lead to death. The risk for prostate cancer increases with age as 70% of men over the age of 70 are likely to be affected and a family history of it. Some of the symptoms are a need to urinate frequently especially at night, difficult starting urination or holding it, weak or interrupted flow of urine, painful urination, blood in urine or semen and frequent lower back pain. For more information contact the Prostate Cancer Foundation Helpline on (011) 921 5096 or go to


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The South African Constitution guarantees to everyone the right of access to health care services, however despite the fact that the government has taken important initiatives in the health sector many South Africans still do not enjoy affordable and adequate access to health care facilities. The health sector provides many urgent challenges to government and civil society. On the Health segment of SAKHISIZWE Bush Radio is rising to the challenge and creating awareness around (to mention a few of our program coverage), HIV/Aids, Immunisation, Acute Childhood illnesses, Cervical Cancer and other poverty related diseases like tuberculosis and cholera.


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