Myths About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among adult men in the UAE. In the larger conversation about male organs and glands, the prostate gland often gets overlooked. Part of the male reproductive system, located under the bladder in front of the rectum and surrounding the beginning of the urethra, the prostate is actually a small gland. As a key part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland produces and secretes fluid into the semen. Despite its small size and limited function, however, the prostate gland too can become cancerous.

Cancer begins when cells in one part of the body grow uncontrollably and then start spreading to other areas. The spread of the cancerous cells may be slow or rapid depending on the type of cancer and the body’s response to it. Just like other forms of cancer, prostate cancer too begins when the cells in the prostate gland begin to grow uncontrollably. Although the prostate gland functions as part of the reproductive system in men, its close proximity to the bladder results in individuals with prostate cancer exhibiting many urinary symptoms such as burning sensation or pain during urination; difficulty urinating; loss of bladder control; blood in the urine (hematuria) etc. However, these are not definitive symptoms, hence, it is strongly advised for adult male’s post the age of 40 to get themselves screened regularly for prostate cancer.

Despite the wide prevalence of prostate cancer, the conversation about it is only limited within the medical community, which has led to the perpetuation of many myths and a serious lack of awareness about the condition in this region. Myths and misconceptions about such a serious medical condition can be harmful to those who might be at risk for prostate cancer but ignore their symptoms as signs of a less detrimental condition. Some common myths regarding prostate cancer include:

  • Prostate cancer only affects older men: Statistics show that the probability of getting prostate cancer is higher in older men, however, middle aged and men in their late 40’s are also at risk for prostate cancer. The risk factors for prostate cancer extends beyond age including race, family history, physical health, geography and lifestyle.
  • Lack of symptoms implies the absence of prostate cancer: Unlike other forms of cancer, prostate cancer can be completely asymptomatic, particularly in its early stages. In such cases, a diagnosis can only be made by a doctor during a checkup and follow-up tests.
  • Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer: This isn’t always the case. There are different types of prostate cancer often present in different parts of the prostate. There are those that advance slowly as well as those that advance rapidly and can be fatal in their outcome.
  • Since prostate cancer doesn’t run in my family, the odds are that I will not get it: Although the probability of developing prostate cancer is higher if it runs in the family, the fact remains that even those without a predisposed hereditary risk factor can develop prostate cancer.
  • The Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a cancer test: The PSA test only determines the amount of PSA/ protein present in the bloodstream and not cancer. If an abnormal level of PSA is found, then the doctor recommends further tests to determine if the cause is prostate cancer. PSA test is not a prostate cancer determining test, for instance sometimes a high number may not mean you have the disease and a low number may not mean you don’t.
  • Vasectomy can cause prostate cancer: After extensive research, it has been concluded that vasectomy does not increase a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer treatment results in incontinence or impotence: Although chemotherapy might have some side effects such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, these effects are subject to the patient’s age and physical health.
  • Prostate cancer is contagious: The chances of having prostate cancer increases in men who have a family history of the condition. But in no way, shape or form is prostate cancer contagious among men.

Despite the widespread prevalence of prostate cancer, early detection and treatment have led to a complete recovery for a majority of the patients. To put things into perspective, the 5-year, 10-year and 15-year survival rates are nearly 100%, 98% and 95% respectively. But it is important that men get regular screening involving either a Digital rectal exam (DRE) or the PSA test if they notice any unusual symptoms or urinary functions. It is also recommended that all men above the age of 40 get prostate cancer screening despite not showing any symptoms because it will help identify cancer early when the treatment is most effective. Prostate cancer is one of the few cancers that can be neutralised completely, once detected. All that is required is the right knowledge about the condition and the initiative to get yourself tested regularly.

Dr.Rahul Bhatt

Specialist Urologist

Aster Clinic, Bur Dubai (AJMC)


*Aster Clinics are currently running a 50% discount on prostate cancer screening in line with the aim of promoting awareness about the importance of regular screening especially for men over 40. For more information, visit –


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Aster Clinic has been named the Best Medical Clinic of the year 2016 at the annual Mother, Baby and Child 2016 Awards. Aster Clinic won this prestigious award for their attentive efforts in refining patient care in the region.

The Mother, Baby and Child awards recognize excellence, and contribution of healthcare providers and other major entities that work towards helping mothers in the UAE nurture their children. They are the only awards of their kind that give mothers the opportunity to encourage and shape industries and brands that play a vital role in their life. Aster Clinic has won this esteemed acclaim solely based on the votes of readers of the magazine. The award was received by senior members of the Aster Clinic team.

Mr. Mario Pereira, Chief Operating Officer, Clinic Business at Aster DM Healthcare, expressed his delight on winning the Best Medical Clinic of 2016 and said, “Congratulations to all the winners across various industries. We consider it a great honor to be recognized and nominated among our peers in the industry and winning the Best Medical Clinic has made it much more exciting. This recognition is a great triumph for Aster DM Healthcare and a greater accomplishment and encouragement for all our staff and practitioners, who work towards providing highest quality care on a regular basis. Such achievements further motivate us to do better and inspire others to excel by providing exceptional patient care and the best possible medical outcomes. We are committed to honor our word of providing quality healthcare and will always stand by our promise, we’ll treat you well.”

Aster DM Healthcare has always focused on patient care and invested in the finest healthcare facilities to provide patients the best services which truly exemplifies their success. Aster Clinics have constantly maintained an efficient and professional approach by striving to make continuous improvements in their services and making innovative contributions that have made a lasting impression in the healthcare industry in the region. With the highest accreditations, Aster Clinics raise their own benchmark time and again, offering comprehensive healthcare in a customized and friendly atmosphere across UAE.

Aster DM Healthcare is a healthcare network with over 296 operating facilities across 9 countries, including 18 hospital, 89 clinics & 189 retail pharmacies. The organization has 18,750 employees including 2,035 full time full-time doctors as of October 31, 2016.



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The truth about sugar

Love it or hate it, sugar is an unavoidable part of our daily diets. We consume it every single day, be it with that innocent cup of tea we have every morning or thanks to a large can of sauce that’s more savoury than sweet. Sugar can be found in ubiquitous stuff, like your morning coffee, cakes, chocolates, cookies, diet sodas, white bread, salad dressings or cereals boasting about their ‘low fat’ contents. And then, there are sugars that simply sneak into your diet without you noticing – through fruits, honey and even milk. But as you may have actually guessed, not all sugars are the same. So, is there a ‘right’ kind, and if so, how do we ensure we have it?

“Type 1 diabetes occurs in a genetically susceptible individual when unknown environmental factors trigger the condition,” explains Dr Ajith Kumar, specialist endocrinologist, Aster Clinic, Al Qusais. “Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is caused by genetic factors as well as lifestyle habits.”

Type 2 is the more common of the two, accounting for about 85-90 percent of all cases diagnosed, and is caused due to a variety of reasons including a sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure or even a history of diabetes in the family. While it’s important to know that reaching for that second doughnut won’t directly give you diabetes, weight gain and obesity, on the other hand, are actual concerns.


The most dangerous belief about diabetes is the idea that the condition can be easily dealt with using minimal attention and care. In fact, diabetes is a serious, chronic disease. Two out of three people with diabetes die from cardiovascular-related episodes, such as a heart attack or stroke. However, diabetes can be controlled with proper medications and lifestyle changes.

A lot of people believe that if someone is overweight, he/she will automatically get Type 2 diabetes. This is not true for every individual. In fact, most overweight people never develop Type 2 diabetes, and many people with Type 2 diabetes have an average weight or are only moderately overweight.
Diabetics cannot eat sweets at all. There is no reason people with Type 2 diabetes cannot eat sweets, as long as they fit it into a normal meal plan, or make sure the intake is combined with exercise. Eating small portions and including them with other foods can help slow down digestion, stopping them from wreaking havoc on your blood sugar levels. The key is to have a very small portion and save sweets for special occasions.
It’s not true that everyone who has diabetes needs to have insulin shots. Diabetes can be controlled with many oral and injectable medications, of which, insulin is the most effective. But not all people suffering from diabetes need to take it. The oral medications are safe and effective, but they are to be carefully chosen to suit the needs of the patient.
Many patients claim that they know when their blood sugar is high or low, leading to the myth that regular testing is not needed. In fact, you cannot rely on how you are feeling when it comes to your blood sugar level. You may feel shaky, lightheaded, and dizzy because you’re coming down with a cold or the flu. The longer you have diabetes, the less reliable those feelings become. The only way to know for sure is to check your blood sugar regularly.

Dr. Ajith Kumar

Specialist Endocrinologist 

Aster Clinic, Al Qusais 


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Back and Neck Pain

Upper back and neck pain can leave you speechless, making it hard to approach your normal day. The explanations for this uneasiness fluctuate, but they all come down to how we hold ourselves while standing, moving and the most critical – sitting.

Back and neck pain can restrict your developments and abilities. In the event that you don’t take care of your pain, they can deteriorate, spread, and limit you further. This is typical because the muscles around your immediate area of pain have worried to secure that one spot. That expansion limits development and can transform one held muscle under your shoulder bone into a painful shoulder and a headache.

Back pain and sleep

Back and muscle can also be a reason for your sleepless nights. According to a research in your deepest time of sleep, your muscles relax the most. This is likewise the time when your body discharges human development hormone. When you lose sleep due to back and neck pain, the chances of healing also reduces.


  • Lifting something in an improper manner
  • Repeating poor postures
  • Sports injuries
  • Being obese/overweight
  • Smoking

Our love for screens is additionally a reason for upper back and neck pain. Sitting all day working on a computer screen, stretching out your neck to read the news on phone various times a day and sitting on the lounge chair at home to watch TV for few hours are great ways to throw your body towards pain.

In the same way as other health conditions, the impacts of back and neck pain can be to people who are overweight or smoke. Excess body weight can add more pressure to the muscles.

Quick relief and prevention

Chronic upper back and neck pain can turn into a serious issue. In any case, some broad soreness in your back and neck part is quite regular. There are a couple of measures you can take for instant help when the distress arises and a few things you can do to prevent it altogether.

Apply a cold compress

For the same thing, you can apply a frosty pack. This could mean a handful of ice in a plastic pack wrapped or in a towel or anything cold such as a soda can right out of the machine.

Walk upright

Walking with healthy posture can help you as well. A good way to visualize healthy posture is to imagine you are suspended by a line connecting the middle of your chest to the ceiling or sky.


When to see a doctor

If your neck or back is injured badly while playing football, or in a car accident, see a doctor as soon as you can. You could be facing injuries which are internal. Experiencing numbness is also a sign that you should visit your healthcare provider immediately. Also if you are trying out a solution at home since two weeks and it’s not effective to visit a doctor. Visit an Orthopaedician at Aster Clinic, if you are facing any injuries related to back and neck pain. You can also call us at 04 4 400 500 for booking an appointment.


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Things you need to know about Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer is a growing concern amongst women. Because of its nature however, the subject is not one that we easily discuss. While the awareness is higher than ever, recent statistics show that in the UAE, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are already in the third stage.

For this reason, we encourage you as a woman to ‘keep both eyes open for breast cancer’ and learn how to self-examine. According to the Health Authority – Dubai, the women themselves find 80% of the cancerous lumps. After all, you know your body better than anyone else. We request you to read the information in this booklet carefully and ensure you follow the recommended procedures and tips to help yourself and guide others in doing your best to fight against Breast Cancer. Let’s Think Pink and do our bit to build awareness and fight against Breast Cancer.

Things you need to know about Breast Cancer

What are the symptoms?

  • A lump or thickening in the breast or under the armpit.breast cancer
  • A change in the position of the nipple.
  • Changes in the shape or size of the breast or nipple.
  • Discharge or bleeding from the nipple.
  • Nipple rash.
  • Pain in one of the breasts or armpit.
  • Puckering or dimpling of the breast skin.
  • Pulling in of the nipple.
  • Redness of the breast skin.


Checking your breasts regularly can be crucial to early diagnosis; when the chances of successful treatment are greatest.


Stay breast aware and follow these five easy steps:

  1. Know what is normal for you
  2. Look and feel your breasts (upper chest and armpits too)
  3. Know what changes to look for (see above)
  4. Report any changes without delay to your GP
  5. Make sure you attend breast screening if you’re 50 or over



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