Doctors in the Canary Islands are warning of the dangers of Prostate cancer, which has the second highest rate of death from cancer in men in the Canary Islands after skin cancer.
Urologist from the College of Physicians of Las Palmas, Reinaldo Marrero said the disease can be treated successfully if diagnosed early.
The biggest problem, according to specialists, is the reluctance of many men to seek treatment and advice in the early stages of the disease, before it becomes serious and, sadly in many cases, fatal.
During today’s seminar, “All About Prostate Cancer,” men over 50 visiting their GP were urged to take the opportunity to ask for a simple blood test, which measures PSA levels in the blood, a good indicator for prostate problems, which allows for early detection of the disease.
Dr. Marrero said that in the Canaries and across Spain there are many cases of prostate cancer but that most patients survive the disease if it is detected early enough.
Figures for 2012 back up the doctor’s view. Last year across Spain there were 33,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer yet it proved fatal in just 5,500 cases, with all the deaths coming in men diagnosed in the later stages of the disease.
Some estimates say that one in six men will eventually suffer prostate cancer between the ages of 50 and 70 but early detection will ensure most will survive.