KARACHI: Prostate cancer, a disease which severely affect their reproductive system is increasing in Pakistan.
Medical experts talking to APP Monday attributed the situation in the country to sedentary life style coupled with active as well as passive smoking.
“These tendencies have emerged to be almost a second nature in our context,” said Prof. Ahmed Ali.
In reply to a question, he said that since this very peculiar type of cancer spreads slowly hence many of the patients do not know of their risk for prostate cancer until later in life.
“It is often when it may be too late,” said the senior physician. Dr. Syed Sharaf Ali, another senior general physician suggested that ailment that holds no distinction between have and have nots demanded that men above 40 years must ensure scheduling regular prostate exams.
To a reply they said the studies conducted over the years do establish that men can avoid the ailment and also develop their immunity against different health conditions including this particular malignancy.
Nutritionist Zohra Kassim said there are a number of nutrients in the foods that we eat that may help prevent and even control issues related to prostate health.
She suggested people to incorporate some or all of the recommended foods into their diet to keep prostate health including pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, turmeric, broccoli, tomatoes and green tea.
“These are readily available in our country and are also quite cost effective,” said the senior nutritionist.
The health care providers said there was urgency to make people realize that active life style, discipline, consumption of natural food with controlled intake of processed food can protect them against series of ailments including prostate cancer.