The Namibian’s editor, Tangeni Amupadhi, is urging men to get tested for prostate cancer, after he was diagnosed with the illness.
Amupadhi revealed that he is in a fight with prostate cancer during a discussion on Desert Radio’s ‘The Pulse’ health programme on Friday.
He said the news of his diagnosis initially left him in shock and took some time to sink in.
“I was shell-shocked. I believe I have been living a very healthy lifestyle,” Amupadhi said.
“I love to exercise […] I don’t have a family history [of cancer],” he added.
His illness was diagnosed in an early stage thanks to blood tests and a physical medical examination, urologist Dr Golda Stellmacher said during the programme on Desert Radio.
Amupadhi said he is due to undergo a surgical procedure as part of his treatment next week.
Since the illness was detected early, Amupadhi has a good chance to recover, Stellmacher indicated.
Stellmacher and Amupadhi both highlighted the importance of routine testing and medical examinations to detect prostate problems at an early and treatable stage.
In November, the global ‘Movember’ movement encourages men to grow moustaches with the aim of raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
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