A Consultant at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Dr Taiwo Soyinka , says Nigerian men who have multiple sexual partners are more prone to prostate cancer.
Soyinka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Tuesday, in Ibadan that prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells within the prostate gland.
The consultant said the ailment was common in men who are over 60 years of age, adding that those who had more than one sexual partner were mostly affected.
She advised Nigerian men to be alert to certain body pains, saying this might be early signs of cancer.
“Some of the cancer symptoms in men are specific and they involve certain body parts and may even point directly to the possibility of cancer.
“A mass in the scrotum or testicles may point to a cancer of that part of the body.
“ But not all pains in parts of the private parts lead to cancer but the possibility should not be ruled out,” she said.
The consultant advised men to look for signs of prostate cancer early so as to reduce the high risk factor.
“I will advise men to look for a dull persistent pain in the lower back and the pelvic area. This is the most common sign of prostate cancer, ‘’ she said.
Soyinka said spotting signs of any type of cancer early could lead to about 80 percent survival rate, adding that the survival rate of prostate cancer had doubled in the country in the last 10 years compared to the 1970s.
She also said there were more reasons for hope as there were better drugs as well as more advanced treatment options for cancer.
The consultant further advised men to live a healthy sexual life at all times as well as learn to look for signs and symptoms of cancer early. (NAN)