San José, November 19 (ElPaís.cr) .- The Siglo XXI Radiotherapy Center revealed on Monday in the framework of International Human Day, that in Costa Rica at least thirteen men a day were diagnosed with several types of cancer.
Numbers based research from the National Registry of Tumors shows that the male population loses the battle against cancer, this is due to poor diet, obesity, sedentary lifestyles and other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, others.
For specialists it is necessary that men begin various medical examinations every year and after 40 years, if they have genetic factors or that among their families there are patients who have faced disease.
The radiotherapist, Rolando Loría of the XXI Century Radiotherapy Center, explained that it is very important that Costa Rican men have greater medical control, because it is the only way to prevent or detect disease.
Loría said that the most recommended thing for men is after 40 years, the test is done twice a year and after 50, once a year.
"At this time, cancer should not be synonymous with death, technology has changed a lot, people know more about symptoms, they know how to distinguish some signs and that is positive because the population is alert and allows us to have early detection," Dr. Loría.
The procedure performed by the Radiotherapy Center Siglo XXI does not require surgery, besides the risk of anesthesia is avoided, patients do not need to be unable, or remain hospitalized, can work normally, carry out frequent activities and have normal lives.
With radiosurgery techniques, high doses of radiation are produced right to remove cancer. This technique has healing possibilities between 80 and 95%. This procedure involves applying radiation beams to the patient without damaging nearby organs such as the penis, bladder and rectum.
Currently, the XXI Century Radiotherapy Clinic is the only center in the country that has the equipment to perform this procedure and even if cancer is found on time it can be treated in only five sessions, while traditional radiotherapy requires more than 45 sessions.
In Costa Rica more than a thousand cases of prostate cancer are detected every year and around 400 men die from this disease. From January to October this year, the Radiotherapy Center treated 128 men and 54% of them were patients with prostate cancer.
Among the types of cancer that most affect the male population are: skin cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, stomach cancer and lung cancer. Whereas those that cause more deaths are: prostate, stomach, colorectal, lung and liver.