The Prostate Cancer Patient Association said Monday it has published a white paper on the need to improve the perception of prostate cancer in Korea titled, "A United Voice for Change," and called for a social discussion of male health.
About 13,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in Korea, and 15 percent of them are known to die. Especially in the Asia-Pacific region, including Korea, with the elderly population and the consumption of animal fat increasing, prostate cancer incidence and mortality are expected to increase two times by 2030.
The prostate cancer white paper, published by the Prostate Cancer Patient Coalition-Asia Pacific in March, aims to reduce the burden of cancer for the region’s prostate cancer patients, with the unified voice of the Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Patient Association, the first in the Asia-Pacific region, it said.
The Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Patient Association is a group of five Asia-Pacific prostate cancer patient groups. The five groups consist of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the China Primary Health Care Foundation, the Senyu Club of Japan, the Taiwanese Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Prostate Cancer Patient Association in Korea.
Although the focus of each country's organizations is slightly different, this white paper sets forth four guidelines for joint action. The guidelines include educating local communities to raise awareness of prostate cancer, improving the delivery system, creating a prostate cancer treatment environment, sharing decisions between patients and staff. It also includes providing the opinion to address prostate cancer as a priority for national healthcare policy and establishing consistent tests to ensure that prostate cancer is diagnosed at the right time.
"Korean men tend to be reluctant to talk about their health status, especially those with prostate cancer," said Lee Dal-suk이달숙, founder of the Prostate Cancer Patient Association. "Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer may experience disconnection or loneliness from society as they experience malnutrition or urinary incontinence after surgery. For this reason, our association encourages awareness of prostate cancer and encourages male patients to speak more boldly about their health condition.”
The important thing is to encourage and support people with prostate cancer who are having the same experience so that they do not have a hard time alone, he went on to say.
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