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Knowing Prostate Cancer’s Symptoms is Vital and Can Save Your Life

The number of Singaporean men diagnosed with prostate cancer has been increasing over the last decade, and this disease is a becoming a major problem. The numbers show that more than 17 men per 100,000 individuals were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the period between 1998 and 2002, and more than 26 men per 100,000 individuals in the period between 2005 and 2009, despite the more advanced and effective treatment.

It is Never Too Late to Start a Treatment

This is a dangerous disease, and survival rate is still not as high as we would like it to be, even for metastatic cases. But prostate cancer treatment can be successful, as long as it is identified in its early stages of development and it is properly addressed. And in order to achieve this, men must undergo regular tests even if they have no symptoms. Unfortunately, in most cases, men report no symptoms of prostate cancer, and it is difficult to identify it. That is why regular checks are vital – they will allow you to act promptly while your chances for successful treatment are still high. Never the less, it is never too late to start a treatment so every man should know the symptoms of prostate cancer and act if there is an alarming sign.

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Symptoms Reported by Prostate Cancer Patients

Amongst the most commonly reported symptoms of prostate cancer are more frequent urination, especially at night, difficult urination and weak urine flow, the need to strain in order to empty the bladder or even erectile dysfunction. In addition, some men report having blood in either the urine or the seminal fluid, and urination can be quite painful, but the latter is not very common. Discomfort when sitting is another symptom that is caused by enlarged prostate. All that being said, it is important to note that these symptoms can be caused by other health problems such as urinary infection. Moreover, there are additional symptoms of prostate cancer reported by men whose cancer has spread outside the prostate. They may include pain in your back, pelvis, hips, or other bones. You may also experience swelling in the legs or feet, sudden loss of weight, as well as fatigue.

Regular Testing is Vital

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be disheartening, but it is not a death sentence. At Go Health Screening, we offer convenient and accurate testing for prostate cancer and can help you screen the health of your prostate and identify any problems early on. Contact us now and find out more how regular testing can help you avoid or overcome prostate cancer.

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Homocystein $77

This test is used to gauge whether someone is suffering from folate or Vitamin B12 deficiency.

For people with a history of heart disease in the family in the absence of other risk factors such as being overweight or obese, high blood pressure or smoking; the test can be used in screening patients for stroke or heart attack.

CA 19.9 $67

Serum CA 19.9 levels are usually increased to about 80% among patients who are dealing with pancreatic cancer. They are also evident in 54-89% of patients with stomach cancer, while 65% for those who have colorectal cancer. From time to time, the serum level may also increase in benign conditions, such as acute and chronic pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, as well as hepatobillary tract disease. In benign disease, however, CA 19.9 generally does not go over 100U/ml.

HbA1C $37

HaemoglobinA1c, or HbAIc, is a diabetes marker, which may be used in long-term care monitoring for people who are suffering from diabetes. The level of HbA1c is directly proportional to the glucose level within the blood. It has been accepted widely as a determining factor that indicates the mean daily concentration of blood glucose throughout the preceding couple of months. According to recent studies, regular measurement and assessment of HbA1c results to the change in diabetes treatment, as well as the improvement of the metabolic control which is indicated with the lowering of the HbA1c valves.

CA 125 $67

This glycol protein is produced in several ovarian cancers. The levels of CA 125 that are above 335ng/ml have been detected in about 20-40% of patients who have State I and II ovarian cancers, as well as 96% of patients who have State III and IV of this disease. In less common situations, the levels can increase in patients who have cancers of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, endometrium, cervix, as well as the fallopian tube. The increase in levels may also be present in some benign conditions such as peritoneal inflammation and endometriosis. CA 125 is also helpful when it comes to monitoring individuals for treatment response and recurrence of tumour.

C-Reactive Protein $37

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a particular substance which is produced within the liver as a result of inflammation. CRP is also known as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), as well as ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein (us-CRP). With a high CRP level in the blood, there is a possibility of having a condition which can cause inflammation, ranging from the possibility of an upper respiratory infection to more serious conditions such as cancer. Higher levels of CRP can also be an indication of an inflammation in the heart arteries, swelling of the tissues that line the joints and infection of a bone. This, in turn, may pose a higher risk for heart attack. However, it is important to keep in mind, that CRP is a nonspecific test which may be elevated with any type of inflammatory condition.

CA 15.3 $67

The test for CA 15.3 is considered as a marker of tumour. It is often used in checking how treatment for breast cancer works, looking for cancer that has recurred post treatment. If you are being diagnosed with cancer of the breast, you may go through this test. It is not used for measuring early stage of breast cancer since the levels of this type of protein are only rarely higher than the normal levels within this stage.

PSA $67

PSA is a substance produced within the prostate gland. It is also highly useful when it comes to the diagnosis of prostate cancer, including the monitoring for spreading and recurrence of tumour in patients. Generally, a little amount of PSA can be found in the blood. Increase in the levels of PSA may be caused by benign prostatic or even prostate cancer.

HIV Antibody $27

The antibody screening test is considered as the most common HIV test, looking into the antibodies that is produced by the body against HIV. It may be done on oral or blood fluid, but not saliva. Since the antibody levels in the oral fluid is relatively lower as in the blood, majority of blood-based tests discover the infection sooner right after being exposed compared to rapid HIV tests.

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