Through the Instituto Oncoclínicas, informative and practical actions are promoted every year to encourage men to become aware of prostate cancer, encouraging annual visits to the urologist and screening tests for the disease from the age of 50 or earlier (the from 45) in patients who are of African descent or have first-degree relatives with this disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common malignant tumor among Brazilian men, second only to non-melanoma skin cancer. Even with prevention campaigns and warnings for carrying out tests that can detect prostate cancer at an early stage, many men are still reluctant to follow the screening recommendations.
Every year, Brazil registers more than 60 thousand new cases of prostate cancer and close to 15 thousand deaths caused by the disease. Lack of information, prejudice and shame are some of the reasons that lead the male public to leave aside simple, painless and fundamental procedures to identify the disease at an early stage.
In an attempt to change this reality, Grupo Oncoclínicas promotes Blue November, a month dedicated to bringing information to the public about the disease and the importance of carrying out tests that can detect prostate cancer early, increasing the chances of cure and enabling the adoption of less aggressive treatments.