Why UBA is riding for Prostate Cancer

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Several UBA staff
will dump their cars tomorrow Saturday, March 22, 2014 and pick up their bicycles.
They will be riding for approximately 20 kilometers starting from UBA Head
Office and going through selected routes on Victoria Island before ending up at
the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, where free Prostate screening will be
carried out any member or staff willing to take the test.

It is important to
know that the earlier a Prostate Cancer disease is detected, the better the
chances of it being completely cured.

This is why UBA
Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of UBA is organizing this Bicycle
ride to  raise awareness on Prostate
Cancer, a disease that kills an unknown number of Nigerian men every year. Medical
research shows that Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among
Nigerian men.

Information
obtained from the website of the American based Center for Disease Control
(CDC) states that “men with prostate cancer—especially those with tumors that
have not spread beyond the prostate—die of other causes without ever having any
symptoms from the cancer.”

“Except for skin
cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It is the
second most common cause of death from cancer among white, African American,
American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic men, and the fourth most common
cause of death from cancer among Asian/Pacific Islander men.”

Risk
factors for Prostate cancer
•Age: The older a
man is, the greater his risk for getting prostate cancer.

•Family history:
Certain genes (the functional and physical units of heredity passed from parent
to offspring) that you inherited from your parents may affect your prostate
cancer risk. Currently, no single gene is sure to raise or lower your risk of
getting prostate cancer. However, a man with a father, brother, or son who has
had prostate cancer is two to three times more likely to develop the disease
himself.

•Race: Prostate
cancer is more common in some racial and ethnic groups than in others, but
medical experts do not know why.

Some
common symptoms of Prostate are;

•Difficulty
starting urination.

•Weak or
interrupted flow of urine.

•Frequent
urination, especially at night.

•Difficulty
emptying the bladder completely.

•Pain or burning
during urination.

•Blood in the urine
or semen.

•Pain in the back,
hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.

•Painful
ejaculation.

If you suspect any
of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. If you are in Lagos tomorrow, then you
can also join UBA at the National Stadium before 10.am to get a free screening. 

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