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)

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