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The campaign encourages men's health care in Brazil

Prostate cancer is the second most common among men in Brazil. Initial diagnosis facilitates treatment


The campaign encourages men's health care

Nov 13, Brazil: The Ministry of Health launched the Blue November campaign with actions to encourage comprehensive care for men's health. The campaign is part of the mobilization that takes place worldwide this month for the prevention and early diagnosis of prostate cancer.


A pilot project will be instituted to promote and care for men's health and prevent cancer of the penis within the scope of Primary Health Care. More than R $ 20 million will be released to support the actions.



The states with the highest penis cancer mortality rate will receive the funds. They are Piauí, Maranhão, Tocantins, Pará and Sergipe. Three hundred and seventy municipalities will also have financial support.


The National Cancer Institute (Inca) estimates that 1,130 new cases of penile cancer will occur this year. In some cases, the disease involves amputation of the male limb. The main risk factors are inadequate intimate hygiene and HIV infection.


“The preventive attitude, seeking early care, I believe that, in the vast majority of diseases, is the best option. This is for coronavirus, for cancer, for any type of disease. You have to see the doctor. And our doctors must have the freedom to diagnose, prescribe and monitor in the best possible way ”, emphasizes the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello.



More actions for male health

The Ministry of Health will sign a cooperation agreement with the Brazilian Society of Urology to work together to expand prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the penis, prostate and testicles.


Another action is the launching of the Truck Driver's Health Card (a), a document where the attendance data in Primary Health Care will be recorded. The card meets the specificity of the profession that makes these workers travel throughout the country. The forecast is to initially distribute 500 thousand cards to states and municipalities. Access the trucker's card and the trucker's card.



Minister Eduardo Pazuello affirmed that men tend to be more resistant to seek medical attention and it is necessary to work on this characteristic. “We take too long to get to the doctor, to give in to this. You have to treat the issue and many people end up aggravating their disease due to this male characteristic. ”


During the event, at the Ministry of Health, pieces of the advertising campaign Man, take care. The best thing in life is to be healthy.



Blue November

Prostate cancer is the second most common among men in Brazil, according to the Inca. To raise awareness among the male population about the importance of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of the disease, this month the Blue November mobilization takes place.


The Inca estimates the appearance of 65,840 new cases of prostate cancer each year, between 2020 and 2022. Men over 55 years old, overweight and obese are those who are most at risk of developing the disease.



The early diagnosis of the disease to allow the treatment of the tumour at an early stage is what provides the best chance of treatment.


In addition to attention to prostate cancer, the Ministry of Health is strengthening care for oral cancer, as this is the fifth most incident in the male population. A working group will develop guidelines to articulate and qualify the disease prevention and control network. The Inca estimate for the 2020 to 2022 triennium is 11,180 new cases per year.



Men's health care policy

Since 2019, the National Policy for Integral Attention to Men's Health has been in the Unified Health System (SUS), which has guidelines to encourage the male population's access to primary care. Among the objectives are to make men seek consultation at the health centre at least once a year and to encourage self-care.


It is men between 40 and 59 years of age who most seek care at health centres in primary care, representing a 50% increase in the number of individual care since 2018.


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