Jamshedpur, Sept. 9: Pharmaceutical company Cipla would organise two free benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) detection camp in the steel city this month to mark the prostate health month.
“The American Foundation for Urologic Disease has designated September as the prostate health month in order to create awareness in people about the disease that is quite common in men. Urologists here during this month would try to remove the myths related to the disease and create awareness on it,” said D.K. Mishra, an urologist at a news conference at Hotel Smita, Sakchi, today.
He said that the two camps would be held at Jugsalai and Sakchi. The check camp at Sakchi has been scheduled for September 14 while no date has been fixed for the second camp till now.
According to Mishra, it is essential for men to start prostate specific antigen blood test from the age of 50 to identify prostate cancer at an early stage.
“If the disease is identified at an early stage, it can be treated through medicine that are now considered as effective first line option. After identification treatment can start to avoid any kind of complication,” said Mishra.
He added that the factors that increases the risk of prostate cancer includes family history of the disease, fatty foods, alcohol consumption, smoking and certain occupations where there is heavy exposure to cadmium like tyre and rubber manufacturing, farming and sheet metal works.
Few tips from doctors: Medicos advised increase the intake of green vegetables, tomatoes and fruits like watermelon and pomegranate for reducing the risk of prostate cancer.
Regular exercise, avoiding alcohol, smoking and optimum intake of minerals like selenium, zinc and vitamins B complex, C, D and E can minimise the risk of the disease.