re-released from Nov 2011
|photo source: http://ca.movember.com/|
I’m so excited that so many men are taking the Movember challenge and growing moustaches!
Movember raises awareness for prostate cancer where men register or join teams to get sponsors for their moustache growth and to bring awareness to men’s health, especially prostate cancer. Mo Bros can register at http://ca.movember.com/ to start growing their best moustache and have the conversations that are so needed.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer to afflict the men in our lives. One in seven men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. That being said, the recovery rate is extremely high if cancer is detected early. Over 90% of prostate cancer cases are curable if detected in the earliest stages. Many men can have cancerous cells from their prostate for years without detection so it is very important that men be tested regularly. Typically the first symptom is difficulty urinating or blood in the urine, but there may be no symptoms present in early stages of cancer therefore testing is the best way to ensure diagnosis.
The cause of prostate cancer is unknown, but there are some common risk factors such as age. The risk of getting prostate cancer increases swiftly at the age of 50 and almost two out of three prostate cancer patients are over the age of 62. If there is a family history of prostate cancer and you are 40 years of age or older, you should discuss this with your doctor as he/she would likely recommend testing. Risk factors also include diets that are generally high in fat (including a lot of red meat, high-fat dairy, etc.), obesity, lack of physical activity, and possibly those who have worked with cadmium.
Every man 40 or older should talk to their health practitioner about having a simple blood test called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. This provides a number for future comparison so that if that number changes, it can be investigated closer. If no issues are found, this test only needs to be repeated every five years until you turn 50.
Another test that may be done is a digital rectal exam (DRE) whereby your health practitioner inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum to investigate the area of the prostate where most cancers are found. Prostates are soft, rubbery, smooth and symmetrical. Any signs of lumps, hard, or irregular areas may indicate prostate cancer. Men over 50 should be tested annually to catch any issues in the earliest stages.
Our favorite men are at risk by this disease but there is hope with early detection. If you or your favorite man is 40 or older, have them speak to their health practitioner about testing…it could save his life.
Take Care, D