The test is aimed for men over 45 years of age or from 40 years of age if there is family history.
The Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja, has launched a free campaign for the early detection of
prostate cancer. This initiative consists of a free PSA analysis followed by an appointment for a
consultation with urology.
Available to men living in the Vega Baja area of Alicante (Nationals and non nationals) from 45
years of age, if there is a family history, from 40 years of age. The campaign runs until 22nd
September if you are interested you can obtain further information by telephone: 966 92 57
70, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the webpage
A prior appointment is essential to avail of the free test and it is not necessary to come on an
empty stomach. The tests will be held in Torrevieja Quirónsalud Hospital and medical
centres in Quirónsalud Orihuela and Santa Pola .
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of prevention and early
detection for a good prognosis of this disease. The intention is to “inform and raise public
awareness about prostate cancer as then there is a low risk of suffering with it. The aim is to
inform citizens of the effective prevention for prostate cancer in men aged 45 years and over.
A common barrier to prevention of this disease is the lack of information; therefore, we want
to familiarize society that with a simple blood test prostate cancer cure is possible if detected
in time, “explains Dr. Sven Petry, head of the Urology Unit Quirónsalud Torrevieja.
90% of these cases can be cured
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the world and the first in
Europe. Each year about 25,000 new cases are detected in Spain, of which between 20% to
30% of patients diagnosed have relapsed in the disease because they have become resistant to
hormonal treatments. However, when detected early, 90% of these tumours can be cured,
said Dr. Petry.
The PSA test
PSA is a molecule known to be a marker for prostate cancer. When a tumour appears in the
prostate PSA production is uncontrolled and increases its concentration in blood. It is
considered a risk when PSA if greater than 10 ng / mL. When the PSA is between 4 and 10 ng /
mL studies are recommended to investigate why it is high, without suspecting prostate cancer.
The PSA test is also used to detect other prostate diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia
or prostate infection (prostatitis).
The PSA analysis test is easy to perform and non-invasive, it is a simple blood analysis. The results
should be interpreted with caution. To receive a negative test result "indicates that it is highly
unlikely that a person has prostate cancer, although the reliability is not 100%. Therefore, it is
Maria and the Pink Ladies hosted a local World Cancer day event at Zenia Boulevard on Saturday to mark the occasion. World Cancer Day takes place annually on 4th February and unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
The local event attracted hundreds of well wishers and the warm sunny day encouraged people to join in the fun and help raise funds for Spanish anti-cancer charity the AECC. This was Maria and the Pink Ladies fifth World Cancer day event and it relied on members of the public making donations in return for an Iris plant or AECC merchandise such as keys rings, pens or unity bands. The iris plants that Zenia Boulevard provided proved very popular and helped to raise 1,784.16 euros and thanks goes to the shopping centre management team for the generous donation of the plants and for letting the Pink Ladies, yet again, take over the shopping centre for the afternoon.
Thanks also go to Tony Horrocks from Sunshine FM, who supervised the outside broadcast for the day and to Stevie Spit for comparing the e vent. The crowds were entertained on the day by local performers who gave their time and talents for free and these included: Rob Sweeney, David Williams and his Rod Stewart tribute, Suzy.G and Jaz, The 2 Ton Spice Girls tribute, Janelle Gaskell, Nikki.G, Kylie Burgazzi and saxophonist Stuart Sinclair, Just Ollie, Kevin Tyler and Luis Blacknight as Flashback and Totally Dance with their fantastic troop of 2-16 year old girls and boys.
Of course, as well as fundraising and having fun, there was a serious side to the event and lots of appointments were taken for subsidised cancer checks which form part of the AECC’s Early Detection Programme – and is always the most important part of these events. The Pink Ladies volunteers also answered people’s questions and queries and worked tirelessly all afternoon giving more of their time to the charity.
The next event hosted by Maria and the Pink Ladies in aid of the AECC will be held at the The Emerald Isle, La Florida, on Thursday 2nd of March. The event will run from 12noon to -5pm and as always will be a great fun day out.
Cancer cases in Spain
Cancer cases are increasing in Spain – and in most other countries – spurred largely by the fact that people are living longer. Figures released last week by Miguel Martín, president of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), show that in 2015 there were nearly 248,000 newly diagnosed cases, representing a rise of almost 15 percent from 2012. The figure also overshoots the SEOM’s own forecast for 2020 by about 1,000 cases.
The data show that one out of every two men and one out of every three women will have cancer at some point in their lives, said Martín.
This proportion is already a reality: of the 247,771 cases – according to the best available estimates – diagnosed cases in 2015, close to 149,000 (representing 60 percent) were men. There are several causes for this: genetic, biological (due to different hormones and organs) and behavioral, said the SEOM president. And men’s higher consumption of alcohol and tobacco increases their risk factors.
“Yet more than half of them will be cured,” added Martín to illustrate the huge progress made in the field of cancer treatment.
However, not all types of tumors have benefited equally from the medical advances. Of the 28,000 cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year, around 21,000 result in death. In contrast, there are around 27,000 new cases of breast cancer annually, and 6,200 fatalities, underscoring the greater therapeutic options in the latter case.
The most common types of tumors in Spain are bowel cancer (41,000 cases a year), prostate cancer (33,000), lung cancer (28,000), breast cancer (27,000) and bladder cancer (21,000). Globally, the most common cancers are lung, breast, bowel, prostate and stomach.
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