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Prostate cancer kills one man in Latvia on average every day

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast year, there was an increase in the number of cases prostate and other forms of cancer being found in Latvian men. Statistics are even less forgiving – one man dies from prostate cancer every day in Latvia.

Publicly available data states that 368 men had died from prostate cancer in Latvia in 2013. Prostate cancer was also diagnosed in 910 new patients; only 11% of them were diagnosed with early stages of cancer, as reported by the Latvian Urologists Association.

«Unfortunately, as soon as we reached positive dynamics in terms of medical examination, new problems began surfacing. Many men simply cannot afford treatment. Doctors’ capacity is limited, and one of the main reasons for this is the lack of sufficient funding for healthcare. At the same time, when cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, its treatment is cheaper for the state and the patient,» – says urologist and President of Latvian Urologists Association Egils Vjaters.

The possible reasons why men are less active in going to the doctors include the lack of knowledge and social stereotypes, as well as impatience and unwillingness to wait in long queues. Many hope complications will go away in time. Many do not want to spend their family budget on their own needs, because even consultations with specialists are unaffordable to most residents. Other work too much to be able to find time to consult with a doctor. If a man is single and is not visited by children and grandchildren, motivation to take care of one’s health is low. Of course, it is also important to keep in mind that there is a lack of specialists, especially in regions.

In order to increase awareness about this problem, the Latvian Urologists Association has launched a number of activities in order to motivate men to become more responsible about their health and health of their families.

There will be an annual charity campaign titled ‘Pīļu skrējiens’ on September 14th, 2014, in order to emphasize the role of the family in men’s health. All donated funds will be diverted to an information campaign to raise awareness among men and improve accessibility of urologist services in Latvia.

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