FINALLY: THE “BIG C”
Let’s talk about PROSTATE CANCER… the second leading cause of cancer in men world wide. LISTEN BRO, your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. A staggering 1 in every 8 men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. Across Canada, there are more then 200,000 men living with and beyond prostate cancer, many of which are still dealing with serious side effects from treatment.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS – and Movember is working hard to help experts to collaborate and improve treatment outcomes for men and more info can be found on their website.
There are some facts that I need to share with everyone, man or women…
Men who are of African or Caribbean descent, and men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.
If you’re 50, you should be talking to your doctor about PSA testing. If you’re of African or Caribbean descent or have a brother or father with prostate cancer, you need to start that conversation at 45.
You should also go see your doctor if you have any of the below things going on and get the aforementioned test:
Signs and symptoms
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty in having an erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
Now if your are one of the many men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer after speaking with your doctor, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor in further detail regarding your treatment options. Don’t just Google things all ‘willy nilly”, but be informed. Visit the following page: https://ca.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer it’s a good place to start!
REMEMBER: if detected early the survival rate beyond 5 years is 98%, but that number drops off to 26% if detected late.
I hope this article was helpful to at least one bro out there, remember, we are all in this together!