June 2, 2024 Word for Word Media

Robert Teunissen explores strategies to help men be open about their prostate cancer and offers families simple approaches to support their loved ones through this challenging journey.

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Prostate cancer is a significant health concern that affects many men worldwide. Despite its prevalence, men often find it challenging to discuss their prostate cancer experiences openly. This reluctance to talk about it can stem from various factors, including stigma, fear, and a lack of awareness. However, creating a supportive environment where…

April 1, 2024 Word for Word Media

Dr Kent Pluke, a urologist, gives us a brief rundown of testicular cancer and shares the hope that testicular prostheses give men regarding positive body image and confidence.

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Testicular cancer unpacked Testicular cancer represents only 1% of male cancers but is the most common tumour diagnosed in young males between the ages of 15 and 39. Approximately 2% of testicular cancers are bilateral (affect both testes) at diagnosis. The good news is of course that testicular cancers show excellent cure rates, with…

February 7, 2024 Word for Word Media

Dr Shauli Minkowitz navigates the diagnostic landscape of prostate cancer in 10 easy steps.

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Prostate cancer, a prevalent health concern among all aging men especially black South Africans, demands early detection for effective management. The diagnostic journey often involves a multi-faceted approach, tailored to individual risk factors and symptoms. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test Blood levels of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate, can be measured at any lab to assess for potential abnormalities. Elevated PSA levels indicate a prostate problem but…

February 7, 2024 Word for Word Media

Jeff Kirby-Smith shares how his prostate cancer diagnosis prompted four of his friends to get their PSA levels tested, and advocates the importance of the urologist and oncologist working well together.

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Jeff Kirby-Smith (67) lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng with his wife. They have a twenty-nine-year-old daughter. It’s thanks to regular annual medical checks-ups that Jeff’s steadily increasing prostate-specific antigen level was noticed (from 2021 to December 2022). “I have been seeing a urologist since 2020; my PSA level increased from below 1.7…

July 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

An expert’s insight into erectile dysfunction and urinary stress incontinence.

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EDUCATION FOR SA ONE-ON-ONE As part of our preparations to welcome Dr Shah to South Africa, local Urologists assisted by NuAngle Medical have been participating in a series of video interviews with Dr Shah. The purpose of these interviews has been to ask the REAL questions that patients in South Africa face regarding men’s health, erectile dysfunction & urinary stress incontinence. Dr Shah sheds light on many issues faced by prostate cancer…

July 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

 Sputnik Ratau explains why he is open to share his experience of prostate cancer in hopes of other men learning what to look out for.

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Sputnik Ratau (65) lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng. He is a widower with six children and three grandchildren.  Due to Sputnik’s older brother’s diagnosis of prostate cancer, he became aware of the signs and symptoms. “It made me think of my father, he was never diagnosed but now knowing the symptoms, it’s possible that he had it. Also, my cousin seemed to also be battling…

May 21, 2023 Word for Word Media

Dr Chris van den Berg expands on the mental health of South African men.

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My own awakening about the mental health crisis in South African men happened when viewing a statistic: an average of 14-18 South African men die by suicide every day. This rate is amongst the top 10 highest in the world.2 Four out of five suicide cases are men. In males under 45 years, suicide is the second most common reason for death, while in males between 45 and 64, it’s the sixth most…

May 19, 2023 Word for Word Media

Once Dirk Human was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he learnt quickly how imperative it was to share what he was feeling with his family for them to better understand his experience.

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Dirk Wynand Human (51) lives in Pretoria, Gauteng with Angela-Lee, his wife, of 28 years. They have a 25-year-old daughter, Marilee. In January 2022 Dirk consulted his GP as he had chest pains which turned out to be stress related. Due to Dirk doing a full blood test a while back, the GP suggested…

July 29, 2022 Word for Word Media
We hear the pros and cons of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE) for prostate cancer screening. With prostate cancer predicted to be the most common cancer in SA by 2030, more men are choosing to go for screening to ensure early detection. If detected early, prostate cancer is potentially curable.  The Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa recommends informed patient-based screening in men with a life expectancy of more than 10 years in the following situations: From the age of 40 in black African men and in men who have a family history of prostate and/or…