Prostate cancer increasingly common
Prostate cancer in Colombia has continued to increase over the years and has become one of the most common ailments in men on a global scale. Various sources estimate that there are around 6500 to 8000 new prostate cancer cases every year. Prostate cancer is now the leading cause of cancer incidence and the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the male population.
The average age at which this disease occurs ranges from 40 to 46 per 100,000 men, with an increasing incidence rate in men over 60 years of age and with a cumulative risk of 4.3% having prostate cancer before age 75. The emergence of this disease shows an increasing trend, with 2,482 deaths registered in 2014.
The Anti-Cancer League is a non-profit institution that has a track record and experience of more than 45 years on developing and specializing an integral model to promote, prevent and early detect cancer in the Colombian population. Their work had positively impacted the quality of life of thousands of persons, based on the values of quality, continuous improvement and patient safety. They have a strong convening power around the medical, governmental, media and among public opinion.
Asdrubal Mata, Philips General Manager of North Latam, who was deeply involved, said: