Incidence of prostate cancer in Spain

Written by: Dr. Ignacio Romero Cagigal
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Prostate cancer is the most common among Spanish men; in 2014 32.641 cases were diagnosed.

It is the third leading cause of cancer death in men. In Spain every year about 5,400 men (8.6% of all male cancer deaths and 2.8% of all deaths among men) die about.


Early prostate biopsy

Early prostate biopsy guarantees more than 98% survival at 5 years. However, if diagnosed in advanced stages mortality increases progressively.

Therefore, we face a very common disease and cause many deaths, especially if not diagnosed early. This is critical to go once a year to the urologist and a PSA and a digital rectal exam performed.

Benign Prostate Cancer

Management of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer can be treated in many different ways, such as surgery (open, laparoscopic , or robot - assisted laparoscopic, Da Vinci). It can also be treated with external radiotherapy or interstitial radiation therapy (brachytherapy).

All these techniques are not without complications, the most frequent impotence and incontinence of urine, with rates that can reach up to 10% of patients.

There are also ablative techniques (to try to remove only the tumor), as cryosurgery or radiofrequency. These techniques are still quite experimental.

And finally also we could not try and make observation (in selected cases) or active surveillance, if we are to avoid the possible complications of the treatments, which are numerous.


What if we do not treat prostate cancer?

To decide not to treat prostate cancer seems to me essential to the advice of a urologist that has a very extensive experience (over 24 years).

Treatment of this disease should be like a suit made ​​to measure. Not suitable the same treatment for all patients. Much depends on the age, physical activity, sexual function, the type of tumor, its stage, the degree of aggressiveness (Gleason score), etc..

Choosing well is critical, and the correct choice of treatment depends on the cure of the disease with fewer consequences.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ignacio Romero Cagigal

Prominent Urologist Dr. Romero Cagigal is in the Ruber International Hospital since 1988 and Chief of Urology at the University Hospital of Getafe. He is a member of the Spanish Association of Urology since 1988 and won the prize Uro-Oncology Group of the Spanish Association of Urology for the best doctoral thesis (2001-2002). He also has experience as a volunteer; He has worked in the Lourdes Hospital and Hospital Reference Ngandanjika.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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