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UBA raises awareness on prostate cancer

By Hassan G. Koroma

United Bank for Africa (UBA) staff in Freetown on Saturday 22 March held their quarterly jogging to bond exercise themed ‘All work without play makes Jack a dull boy’ by raising awareness on prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in the prostate gland and shows no symptoms in its early stage, only to confront the patient when the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland, and can spread to the bone or other organs if left untreated.

Some of the latter symptoms are delayed or slowed start of urinary stream, dribbling or leakage of urine, strain when urinating or not being able to empty out all the urine, as well as bone pain and tenderness.

Prostate cancer, according to the Bank, targets men of all age group and that over 60% of all prostate cancer are diagnosed in men above 40 years, hence men are 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women.

There is high risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and one of the solutions to not being diagnosed with the debilitating illness is to always exercise and keep fit, putting oneself on constant jogging, a UBA source said.