The survival rate of prostrate cancer from 2013-2015 in Qatar was 81.8% which was relatively high and reflects the improved therapies and the high-quality diagnostic and treatment services provided to cancer patients.
According to statistics released by the Qatar National Cancer Registry from the Ministry of Public Health, there were 96 newly diagnosed cases of malignant prostate cancer in 2015 - of which 14 (15%) were Qatari and 82 (85%) were non-Qataris.
In support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Qatar’s public health providers and their partners are continuing to raise awareness of all types of cancers including prostate cancer. They are aiming to educate people about the importance of early detection and the treatment options available in Qatar to reduce and ultimately eliminate this disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. However, if caught early and treated, survival rates can be increased as it can often be prevented with regular screening tests called serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) and follow-up care.
Dr Khalid al-Rumaihi, head of urology at HMC said, “In line with its vision to provide the safest, most effective and most compassionate care for each and every one of its patients, HMC is committed to providing highly effective treatment and advanced cancer services to reduce the number of deaths attributed to all types of cancer including prostate cancer”.
“By utilising the highest quality medical equipment and treatment administered under the care of highly trained and experienced staff and by working together in collaboration with our healthcare partners, we can help reduce the rise in new cases and reverse trends in prostate cancer related mortality. Ultimately this will help ensure that far fewer people suffer from this disease,” Dr al-Rumaihi added.
Catherine Gillespie, national cancer programme director at Ministry of Public Health said
“As with many cancers, prostate cancer is most effectively treated when the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. Our aim is to work in partnership to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of the disease and encourage those who are concerned to visit their healthcare practitioner.”
“One of the most encountered symptoms of prostate cancer is problems in urination including a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night. If men (especially men above 50) experience such a symptoms, they are advised to consult with their family physician by calling Hayyak-107 and scheduling an appointment at their health centre,” noted, Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, cancer programme manager, Primary Health Care Corporation.
Qatar Cancer Society has launched ‘Our strength in our Health “campaign to raise awareness about the most common cancers among men especially prostate and lung cancer.