WHILE testing for prostate cancer may be an unpleasant experience, men are still being urged to come for the tests to detect any abnormalities early.
This is the request from CWM Hospital consultant Urologist Dr Sitiveni Kaloucava who has just finished testing 500 men in the different divisions for prostate cancer.
The men were tested as part of a survey sponsored by the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby club and assisted by VanMed labs.
Dr Kaloucava explained societal taboos played a role in holding men back from getting tested.
"The only way to get checked for this killer disease is a way which most men don't like examined and that's from their toilet passage," he said.
"This is something that pushes people away, all the talk about sexuality in our culture whether it be men, women and children talking about sexual organs," he explained.
"And all those things are regarded as a taboo and things that should be discussed behind closed doors."
But he said it was better to be tested before it was too late.
He said the Northern Division had the highest turnout of men coming to get tested for prostate cancer with 200 tested.
"In Lautoka we did 114 people, men above 45 in three days then we came to Suva then we did 170," he added.
He said there were 19 abnormalities found in Labasa, we got about 19 and 14 in Lautoka that would be tested further.
He said he was very grateful to the Suva Golden Oldies Club and to VanMed for providing discounted blood tests.
Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club President Jope Tuivanuavou also encouraged more men to get tested.
"Please don't be ashamed, it is better to be tested now rather than find out later that you have got it and who knows it might be in a very serious stage then," he said.