Prostate Cancer Foundation together with the Soweto Marathon 2019 are doing phenomenal work in giving men hope about the silent killer and the most common disease affecting men, prostate cancer. An expo was held in Soweto for men to learn and know the signs of prostate cancer, this gave men hope as it is important to know that prostate cancer is treatable.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, few men will die if the prostate cancer is diagnosed in the early stages as early detection facilitates the best treatment options. Actress and model Sanele Vilakazi was invited by CEO of Prostate Cancer Foundation Andrew Oberholzer and Vilakazi considered herself very lucky when she had an opportunity to be working with Thulani Sibisi founding member of the Soweto Marathon and winner of the 1986 Two Ocean Marathon and prostate cancer survivor.
“I am very lucky to be working with Thulani Sibisi and Ian Johnson whom are also prostate cancer survivors, they are very passionate about raising awareness for prostate cancer. Daniel Mark Botha and I manned the Prostate Cancer Foundation stand as we were helping in educating men about this disease. We are creating the awareness about prostate cancer and the benefits of early detection of prostate cancer and showing men that despite prostate cancer they can and should continue to stay active”, said Vilakazi during the expo.
Gauteng News spoke to Ian Johnson prostate, a cancer survivor, “Men who have been educated about prostate cancer are more likely to go for screening tests. Creating awareness about prostate cancer can save lives.” Signs and symptoms for prostate cancer are problems urinating, including a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night. Blood in the urine or semen, Trouble getting an erection (erectile dysfunction or ED), pain in the hips, spine, chest (ribs), or other areas from cancer that has spread to bones and weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or even loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on the spinal cord. Men are encouraged to go for screening regularly. Early treatment saves lives.