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Op., who stated that prostate controls were also disrupted due to fear of contracting the virus in the pandemic. Doctor said, “In fact, most men are hesitant to go to a urologist. That’s why the pandemic became an excuse. Whereas a 15-minute examination (including a PSA test) provides an early diagnosis of the disease,” he said.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Research shows that 14 percent of men can get prostate cancer during their lifetime. This suggests that about one in every 7 men is likely to develop prostate cancer. iHealth member and JCI Istinye Istanbul hospital Urologist Op. Dr. explained what needs to be known about the disease that does not give symptoms in the early stages and progresses insidiously as follows:


Although the exact cause of prostate cancer is not known, factors such as adverse environmental conditions, the presence of prostate cancer in family members, hormonal effects, eating style, and genetic predisposition, as in other types of cancer, may be involved in the formation of the disease. Here, the most important risk factor is the person’s age and the presence of prostate cancer in the family. A healthy man should be examined for prostate disease at the age of 50 and later, while those with a family history of prostate cancer should have these studies from the age of 40. Meanwhile, when we look at all prostate cancers, it is thought that 10 percent are inherited from father to son, that will not be underestimated.

Why is regular checking important?

Rectal (finger) examination and PSA test are the most important guides for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer. A finger examination gives us important clues about cancer. A PSA test also provides early diagnosis of the disease and reduces disease-related deaths. Therefore, a 15-minute examination saves lives. Depending on the condition of the disease, treatment methods such as active monitoring, surgery, radiotherapy, cryotherapy or chemotherapy can also be resorted to if necessary.

The disease gives symptoms when it spreads

As a rule, the diagnosis of the disease is made by physical examination and examinations performed as a result of patients’ contacting a urologist after changing their urination habits. Tumors that are still inside the prostate gland, which we call localized, usually develop without any symptoms. If the tumor in the prostate gland has spread to other organs, obvious complaints are observed. Complaints of low back and back pain occur, especially when it spreads to the bones. When bone involvement is common, however, blood production will be disrupted, resulting in a drop in blood values, loss of strength, and signs of weakness. If there is a spread to the lymph nodes adjacent to the prostate, swelling of the kidneys occurs due to the pressure of the growing lymph nodes on the urinary tract, and therefore their work is disrupted. If this is an advanced stage of local symptoms, the flow of urine may be blocked.

Here are the ways of protection

Due to the properties of the substances they contain, certain foods (tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.), vitamins (D and E vitamins, fish oil, minerals (selenium) and green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Doing regular sports also lowers the level of testosterone and PSA in the body. People who are high in fat and have a diet rich in red meat have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. In studies, it has been found that the risk of developing prostate cancer increases in those with high cholesterol levels. Bad cholesterol LDL causes testosterone levels to rise, leading to more aggressive and rapid progression of prostate cancer. The risk is high in men who are fat and smoke.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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