Chemical Industry Workers Are At This Risk…Although there is no comprehensive scientific research conducted throughout Turkey, a study supported by the Ministry of Health shows that; In our country, prostate cancer is more common in regions such as Istanbul and Ankara, where the industry is developed. The fact that it is common in developed industrial regions compared to other regions is attributed to some occupational groups. It is reported that prostate cancer is more common in those exposed to pesticides, petroleum and chemical industry workers, high magnetic field and electrical industry workers, even if they are not in a specially defined occupational group. On the other hand, in bladder cancer, the situation is different and progresses closely related to occupations. Since bladder cancer is closely related to chemicals, there is an increased risk especially in rubber, paint, leather, coating and aluminum industry workers and chemical industry workers. In addition to all these factors, smoking also greatly increases the probability of developing prostate and bladder cancer, as in all other cancer diseases.
'1 Minute Examination and Blood Screening Can Detect Diseases at Early Stage!'
Prostate Cancer Association Board Member Assoc. Dr. Faruk Yencilek; 'Today, prostate and bladder cancer, which increase with the industrialization, growth of the chemical industry and increase in smoking, can be detected in the late stages in the 1980s and early 90s, while today both types of cancer can be caught at an early stage and successfully treated with the advancing technology. In prostate cancer, a 1-minute rectal examination and PSA measurement in the blood can be diagnosed.
The first complaint of bladder cancer patients when consulting a doctor is painless bleeding in the urine at a rate of 85%. Complaints that follow, although confused with infection, manifest as burning in urination and frequent urge to urinate. In prostate cancer, it is possible to catch the disease when there are no symptoms, since cancer screening is done more frequently nowadays. Although there is no definite symptom in the disease, difficulties such as difficult urination, intermittent urination and frequent urination can be seen. The most troublesome situation in prostate cancer cases is the early stage in case of any symptoms. Assoc. Dr. Faruk Yencilek states that the purpose of the screening tests, which is especially emphasized, is to ensure that the disease is caught before it goes beyond the prostate.
Prostate Cancer Association Board Member Assoc. Dr. Faruk Yencilek; He made some reminders to patients who were afraid of the doctor: “All attempts to be healthy by being afraid of the doctor are unhealthy. Regardless of the test, a physician is needed for the individual interpretation and evaluation of all these. The important thing in prostate cancer is to catch the disease before it goes beyond the prostate. Because early-stage prostate cancer can be treated with different approaches, such as HIFU, apart from surgery.”
'Not starting at all is the best risk-reducing approach!'
Prostate Cancer Association Board Member Assoc. Dr. Faruk Yencilek; He says that 'the most important risk for bladder cancer is smoking and adds: 'The risk is 1 times higher in those who are called heavy smokers and smoke more than 5 pack a day. When smoking cessation, the risk of developing bladder cancer decreases by 4% in the first 30 years and 25% in the next 60 years. But it never descends to the level of non-smokers. Therefore, not starting smoking at all is the best risk-reducing approach. In addition, chemical industry workers, those who use chemotherapy, those who have received radiotherapy, those who have long-term stones and those who have long-term catheterization are also in the risk group.'
“To prevent prostate cancer; Attention should be paid to the consumption of animal fat and red meat.
In order to prevent prostate cancer, excessive consumption of animal fat and red meat should be avoided and fruit and vegetable consumption should be increased. We should abandon the high-calorie fast food diet. Obesity should be struggled and the ideal weight should be decreased by doing sports. In order to prevent bladder cancer, we should not smoke and be passive smokers. If we are a chemical industry employee or have a job related to chemicals, we should absolutely avoid direct contact with chemicals and follow occupational protective measures.
3 risk groups in prostate cancer
The most important risk groups in prostate cancer stand out as genetics, race and age. If there is prostate cancer in 1 person in the first degree relatives, the risk is 3 times, if there are 2 relatives, the risk is 5 times, if there are 3 relatives, the risk is 11 times higher. In addition, prostate cancer, which increases in parallel with age, is mostly seen in Americans and black races.