A lecture on prevention, causes and treatment of Prostate Cancer, took place this Saturday, 19th, in the pavilion attached to Cidadela Desportiva in Luanda, which was attended by more than four thousand faithful members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, including, men and women, as well as some children and teenagers.
Lecturer Diavita Nobre dos Santos, from the Angolan Institute of Cancer Control, began by praising the presence of children, because as he made known, the sooner the child is informed about this disease, the more chance he has to prevent himself and transmit the message to others .
The specialist, who was representing the Ministry of Health, said that all types of cancer can be cured if they are discovered early, for this reason, he asked all the men present to be screened and to be messengers for other men so that the rate of mortality caused by this disease is reduced.
According to data from the Angolan Institute for Prostate Cancer Control, one in every 80 men who undergo screening test positive for the disease.
He praised the initiative of the Universal Church for bringing men together to talk about disease prevention and advises other churches to follow suit.
“If all the Churches followed the same example of sensitizing the faithful to take care of their health status, Angola would have significantly reduced the mortality rate”, said doctor Simão Kanga.
The priest and spiritual leader of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Angola (IURD), Alberto Segunda, said that the holding of the lecture is related to the increase in the number of men with prostate cancer in the country.
More than four thousand faithful, men and women, including children and teenagers, participated in that lecture. Alberto Segunda, explained to the press, the holding of the event due to the concern that the Church has with the increase of prostate cancer among men.
The bishop stressed that the act was also part of the Church’s social responsibility actions, to sensitize “all men in order to prevent these illnesses and diseases”.
The bishop of the IURD in Angola is confident that the participants, especially men, will leave this meeting more enlightened and will have greater control over the prevention of prostate cancer.
Alberto Segunda guaranteed that his church will continue to work on raising awareness of cancer prevention by bringing together men and women, as a way of helping the people.
On the other hand, the participants were satisfied and guarantee that they will undergo cancer exams after being guided by the lecture.
Baltazar Augusto, 58 years old, who had never been tested for cancer, guaranteed his intention to take this test. “After this lecture I’m already lucid, looking at my age, soon I’ll have to take the test for prostate cancer”.
He says that it is the first time that he participates in a lecture that portrays this subject, hence his satisfaction. Meanwhile, he also called on the Angolan government to hold more lectures to educate citizens about this disease.
The young Guilherme Dinis, 35 years old, said that for being the first time to participate in an event like this, he leaves with knowledge about ways of preventing and identifying the first signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.