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Cancer - Prostate

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Annual World AIDS Day Commemoration campaign will take place on Sunday 01 December 2019.

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When people are physically and mentally healthy, they produce more; they learn better; they incur less healthcare related costs(to themselves and to government)and communities, families and individuals thrive(Strategic Plan 2013-2017).

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National Health Insurance Bill, 2018

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Cancer - Prostate


Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the body grows out of control. Prostate cancers are cancer cells from the prostate. The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, which includes the penis, prostate and testicles. It is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum.


Scientists are still trying to determine the cause of prostate cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have any symptoms at all. Some symptoms of prostate cancer are:

  • difficulty starting urination
  • weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • frequent urination, especially at night
  • difficulty in emptying the bladder completely
  • pain or burning during urination
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • pain in the back, hips or pelvis
  • painful ejaculation.


There is no known way of preventing prostate cancer.


Different types of treatment are available for prostate cancer. You and your healthcare practitioner will decide which treatment is right for you. Treatment may include active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.

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