MOST men are not aware they have prostate cancer until they reach the later stages of it, says Dr Sireli Kaloucava.
The consultant urologist said it was important for men to understand the disease was silent at its initial stages (stages 1-2) therefore check-ups would be the only way to combat the growing cases of the disease in Fiji.
"Majority of the cases we receive are in stage four and we can't do anything to them because they either come in with broken bones or paralysis and this is when the disease spreads to the bones and knocks off the spinal cord," Dr Kaloucava said.
"Annual check-ups for men above the age of 50 are very important because this would be the only way to tackle the growing concern.
"To actually have statistics of the newly diagnosed prostate cancer for Fiji is what we are lacking now, with the actual number and how many men are affected with prostate cancer on an annual basis but what we are trying to do is to try and get that number."
The CWMH HOD Surgery said if any man has a family history of the disease, they need to start this clinic from age 45.