Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (Image Source: Shutterstock)
The Movember Foundation: A Movement in the Making

What is Prostate Cancer?

The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra and rests just below the bladder. As men age, their odds of developing prostate cancer increases. Other risk factors like diet and exposure to certain chemicals can increase the chances that you might develop prostate cancer. Men with African ancestry are at the highest risk, while Asian and Hispanic men have the lowest chances of developing prostate cancer. That’s why it’s especially important for members of the black community to reach out to each other during Movember. Prevention and awareness are important because prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in the world, and it is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Why should you worry about insignificant symptoms that don’t really get in your way? It can be hard to know when you’re sick, and taking care of yourself sometimes seems inconvenient. For some people, chronic pain or other health conditions can mask what might otherwise be obvious signs of trouble. Many symptoms you can experience are mild and can be easily overlooked. It’s tempting to think that managing prostate health is trivial or a waste of time.

It’s important to protect your physical and sexual health (Image Source: Shutterstock)

November is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer causes are well known and easy to counteract. That’s why education and prevention are so important. Prostate cancer treatments are highly effective in most cases. Survival rates are good under most circumstances, and they are getting better every year. If you get checked regularly and take good care of yourself, you’re more likely to catch problems while they are small and achieve a full recovery. For most men, it’s important to get regular prostate cancer screenings once you reach the age of 55. If your family has a history of cancer, or if you experience symptoms, consider getting screened for prostate cancer earlier or more often. Ask your doctor to find out how often you should get checked. There are simple, non-invasive screening tests that can help determine your status without uncomfortable physical examinations.

Movember and Men’s Health

While National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month focuses on one crucial men’s health topic, Movember is about more than just your prostate. For example, for certain populations, there is a high risk of breast cancer in men. Awareness of this uncommon condition is spreading, and with education, the chance of bad outcomes goes down.

Don’t be afraid to speak up for your health. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

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