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Valencia City Health Office Spearheads Men’s Health Awareness Month Celebration

In line with the celebration of Men’s Health Awareness Month and Father’s Day Celebration, the City Government of Valencia through the City Health Office together with Philippine Urological Association Bukidnon Chapter headed by Urologists Adonis A. Latayan, MD, BPBU and John Mark M. Arcayera, MD, BPBU spearheaded a free consultation to all males aged 40 years old above on June 17, 2017 at City Health Office, New Integrated Terminal Complex, Poblacion, Valencia City.

The activity aims to raise awareness against prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and urinary tract infection.

Dr. Latayan gave a lecture about the common problems among males and emphasized the importance understanding prostate cancer screening as early detection is very significant especially males aged 40 years old above.

“The test administered is the Digital Rectal Exam. This is done to estimate the size of the prostate and feel for lumps or other abnormalities,” Dr. Latayan emphasized.

Dr. Latayan also added that different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer and some men do not have symptoms at all. Some symptoms of prostate cancer are difficulty starting urination, weak or interrupted flow of urine, frequent urination, especially at night, difficulty emptying the bladder completely, pain or burning sensation during urination, blood in the urine or semen, pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away and painful ejaculation.

City Health Officer Marlyn V. Agbayani, MD, was very grateful for the support of Dr. Latayan and Dr. Arcayera as Valencia City was chosen among all Cities and Municipalities in Bukidnon. “Philippine Urological Association Bukidnon Chapter has been our partner in our advocacy since 2007 and early detection could help save lives,” Dr. Agbayani said.

A total of 98 male patients availed free consultation for prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and urinary tract infection. The patients were also given free urinalysis and medicines.

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