December 3, 2018 Sandra
Prostate cancer is the second commonest cancer diagnosed in men1, and the 6th leading cause of male cancer deaths across the globe. Data from Africa is lacking and dated. However, it seems that the diagnostic rates of prostate cancer are higher in Africa then globally2. Risk factors for prostate cancer Although we do not know what causes prostate cancer, we do know several risk factors for the disease. Prostate cancer is an androgen (male hormone)-dependent cancer. Hence, the biggest risk factor is age, due to longer exposure to androgens. Other risk factors include a family history of prostate cancer…

September 26, 2018 Sandra
Prof Riana Bornman explains why black men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men in South Africa. South African Prostate Cancer Study (SAPCS) The SAPCS has revealed that black men in SA have a higher risk of prostate cancer. This is because of their elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. This protein, known as PSA, is produced by both normal and malignant cells in the prostate gland and can signify prostate cancer risk. The focus of the research was on prostate cancer in black Southern African men of Bantu and Khoisan descent, to better understand…

July 27, 2018 Sandra

Johan Drotskie shares how an unrelated bone marrow transplant saved his life. Johan Drotskie (47) lives in Randburg, Gauteng with his wife and their four-legged kids. Wednesday, 30 July 2003   The day had finally arrived. My family is gathered anxiously in the hospital room as we await the arrival of my unrelated donor bone marrow. A middle-aged gentleman enters the room with a cooler bag, extracts a drip bag with 100ml of bone marrow which he connects. An hour later, I have new bone marrow, a new chance at life and a brighter future.   Late 1994/early 1995   I decided to…

July 27, 2018 Sandra

Routine screening tests are crucial for early diagnosis. Discovery Health highlights the most important screening tests for men. Screening tests, such as those available through the Discovery Health Medical Scheme Screening and Prevention Benefit, find diseases early when they are easier to treat.  For example, with early detection, colon cancer can be nipped in the bud while diagnosing diabetes early may help prevent complications, such as vision loss and impotence. It is estimated that nearly half (48,7%) of South Africans with high blood pressure (hypertension) have never been screened. Therefore, remain undiagnosed. They are unaware of their increased risk for heart…

December 1, 2017 Sandra
Evidence suggests the variation in cancer rates in different parts of the world may be due, in part, to the dietary differences between populations. Jean Mills looks at the foods that increase and decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Most research on diet and prostate cancer has looked at how diet affects the risk of developing prostate cancer10. These dietary factors may affect the progression of the disease and/or treatment. Research on prostate cancer after diagnosis is still at an early stage but suggests that being a healthy weight, regular exercise, reducing saturated fat, eating tomato-based food and other…

September 28, 2017 Sandra
Did you know that exercise lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Avinesh Pursad tells us more. Prostate cancer is a carcinoma of the prostate gland, found in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed within the South African male population and, in fact, is the second most common cancer diagnosed in the worldwide male population1,6,9. Risk factors of prostate cancer Worryingly, recent research shows  that the incidence of prostate cancer continues to rise in many countries1. It is therefore imperative to know the potential risk factors. Weight: A body mass index (BMI) of <30 is…

September 28, 2017 Sandra
Not only did Ismail-Ian William Fife survive prostate cancer but also breast cancer. We hear how his battles birthed Can-Sir, a men’s cancer group, that has helped a substantial amount of men. Ismail-Ian William Fife (53) lives in De La Haye Avenue, Kenwyn, Cape Town with his wife, Bianca, and her 10-year-old twins, James and Jordan, and the family dog, Daisy. He has two adult sons from his first marriage. Prostate cancer At 40, Ismail-Ian was diagnosed with Stage 2B prostate cancer in 2004; a year and five months after his initial symptom – blood in urine – was detected…