Medical laboratory scientist, Alabi Adebowale, has said that every man above 40 years should screen for prostate cancer. Adebowale, who spoke at the free prostate cancer screening organised by the United Bank for Africa in Lagos, said regular screening would ensure that the disease is detected early and managed properly.
He stated, “Prostrate cancer in the curable stage has no symptoms. Men who have reached the age of 40 should begin testing for prostate cancer. It can be detected through screening exercise when it is asymptomatic. This measures the level of prostate specific antigen in theblood. Prostate gland cells manufacture this antigen, whether normal or cancerous.” Adebowale advised men to eat fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, which contain antioxidants, to reduce their chance of developing prostate cancer.
Adebowale said: “Lycopene-rich foods such as fresh tomatoes and tomato products are potential effectors in the prevention and therapy of prostate cancer. This provides an overview on the efficacy of supplementation with tomatoes, tomato products and lycopene on appropriate surrogate endpoint biomarker such as metabolite of the insulin-like growth factor pathway in healthy individuals and prostate cancer patients.
“Consumption of a diet rich in lycopene reduces the aggressive potential of prostate cancer by inhibiting the neoangiogenesis that occurs in tumour development. Higher lycopene intake is associated with lower angiogenic potential in tumours based on vessel size and shape,” he said. Managing Director, UBA Foundation, Ijeoma Aso, said the screening was one of the foundation’s community intervention initiatives aimed at improving the health seeking behaviour of men.