PSA Test Highly Recommended To Men After 50 Years Of Age: Dr Kumar Raj Urs

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test is highly recommended to all men after completing 50 years of age, said Dr Kumar Raj Urs, head of the urology and uro oncology at Apollo Victor Hospitals, Margao.

Speaking to media persons, Dr Kumar Raj informed that PSA Test helps detect prostate cancer in men and further added that it costs as low as Rs 250-300 a test.

Dr Kumar Raj was speaking on Goa’s first laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer performed at Apollo Victor Hospital by team led by him and assisted by Dr Ramani from Cleveland Clinic.

Pointing out that prostate is an organ of the human body which produces semen that is necessary for reproduction; he said prostate cancer leads to enlargement of prostate and can be completely cured if detected at an early stage.

Speaking about the surgery performed, he said: “Mr Shaikh, a 67-year old patient complained about mild urinary symptoms like difficulty in breathing. Various tests performed revealed that he was having prostate cancer and luckily it was detected at a very early stage and was specific only to prostate.”

He then underwent a successful operation by ‘key hole laparoscopic technique’, informed Dr Kumar Raj.

Stressing on the fact that the key hole laparoscopic surgery is excellent for prostate cancer if detected at the preliminary stage, Dr Kumar Raj said that there is no difference in the cost and recovery is fast.

Prostate cancer occurs in men and the risk increases with ageing. The symptoms include – difficulty in passing urine, increased frequency, occasional blood in the urine, backache, but many a time without any symptoms.

There is no specific cause for prostate cancer; Dr Kumar Raj informed that it can be hereditary too.

Speaking about post operative measures he said that the PSA test is repeated after 6 months and there is no recurrence.

Presently, Apollo Victor Hospital offers regular screening for the detection of cancers of the kidney, bladder, prostate and testis. It also provides for comprehensive care for these cancers by modern laparoscopic techniques at affordable costs.

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