Nigerian scientist recommends yearly prostate cancer test for men over 40

Prostate Cancer


A Nigerian laboratory scientist, Adeniyi Fagbamiyi, has urged men over 40 to at least undergo a PSA test once a year to determine the level of antigen in their bodies.

Mr Fagbamiyi, who works for the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, LSPHCB, provided the suggestion during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.

He defined the PSA test as a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer; the test detects the level of PSA in the blood.

According to him, the PSA test is essential because it aids in the early diagnosis of the level at which a man is prone to develop prostate cancer.

He emphasized the importance of early detection as the key to the disease's management.

Mr Fagbamiyi, who described prostate cancer as a silent killer, stated that the cancer does not typically manifest itself in the body until it has caused harm to the cell.

He classified a PSA level or result of 0 to four nanograms as normal, stating that any result greater than four nanograms was abnormal and necessitated additional testing.

He said, “The PSA test is the leading method of screening for prostate cancer. PSA screening can help catch the disease at an early stage when treatment may be more effective and potentially have fewer side effects.

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“The test is very important for men to go for it at least once a year in order to know the level of prostate in body.

“This is because prostate cancer is a rapid problem in the world now, especially in this part of the world that has fast growth of this kind of disease (prostate cancer) that men do have.

“It is a silent killer that does not easily show any sign/symptom until when it has already caused damage in the cell.

“The normal average figure of PSA test is between 0 and four nanogram and anything above that four nanogram is abnormal and will require further advanced test.’’

According to him, a higher PSA level indicates a higher risk of prostate cancer.

He, therefore, encouraged males to take the test because it was critical for early detection.

Fagbamiyi stated that age was a significant risk factor for prostate cancer.

He said, “The older a man, the higher his chances of developing prostate cancer.”

According to him, every guy has a prostate, but males over the age of 40 are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

Fagbamiyi stated that scientists have yet to determine the specific cause of prostate cancer.

He did, however, suggest that environmental and genetic factors could be contributing to the surge in prostate cancer.

Mr Fagbamiyi observed high sugar levels, excessive carbohydrate consumption, and a low fiber diet with less vegetables as important contributory reasons.

“Every man has prostate in the body, but there is a tendency for those above 40 years to have abnormal cells developing because of the rapid growth of cells within that age range.

“Presently, the exact causes of prostate cancer have not been scientifically established but there are some traces to it.

“One of them is because of what we consume; most of the things we consume in this part of the world are usually carbohydrates that contain sugar; and these sugar accumulate together to form tumour in the body.

“When there is too much of carbohydrates in the body system and the person is not eating balanced diet, there is possibility of such person to have abnormal cells producing.

“If those abnormal cells now produce more, they come together to form tumour – cancer,” he said.
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