Cancer

Screening for prostate cancer for men aged 45+ likely to be mandatory

(Last Updated On: 1 February 2024)

Lira | One day Ugandan men, 45 years and above could find themselves in the queue in an attempt to screen themselves for prostate cancer. 

Prostrate is a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Globally, prostate cancer is common and one of the many known types of cancer.

It’s common among men in Uganda with an age-standardized incidence rate of 41.6 per 100,000 patients.

High morbidity in Uganda is linked to late presentation of the disease to health facilities, according to the Ministry of Health.

The prevalence seems to be why the Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng is ideating making screening compulsory.

“The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has indicated that there are plans to make screening for prostate cancer for all men aged above 45 years compulsory/mandatory,” says the Ministry’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona.

A retrospective review of 150 prostate cancer patients registered between January 1 and December 31, 2013, at Uganda Cancer Institute and met the eligibility criteria was carried out, according to Makerere University Institutional Repository.

“A total of 16 features were extracted from each patient, risk factor analysis was done on age at diagnosis, cancer stage at diagnosis, treatment options, family history, ….,” the abovementioned source revealed.

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