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Movember is Prostate Health Awareness - November 2014

Prostate Cancer: The Basics

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Two Young Men with a moustach as Movember is Prostate Health Awareness

Those are some hard hitting facts; especially when you consider there’s no biological disadvantage putting men at greater risk. According to research, up to half of male cancer cases could be prevented by making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. The reasons for the current state of men’s health are numerous and complex but undoubtedly a big issue is the way men think about their health; preventative health being something that often just doesn’t compute.

Awareness and education changes behaviour and mind-sets; it gradually breaks down barriers, removes stigmas and brings about real change. Movember wants men to take responsibility for their health, prevent illness by leading a healthy lifestyle and understand the symptoms and signs in both themselves and others so they can appreciate when and how to seek help if needed.

What is Prostate Cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most pervasive form of cancer in Canadian men. The disease occurs when normal cells in the prostate lose control of growth and division and being to multiply rapidly. Cancerous prostate cells are invasive, meaning they are able to spread to other areas in the body outside of the prostate. Not all prostate cancer grows quickly and many men will live with prostate cancer for a number of years without it having an impact on their lives or overall health. Because prostate cancer is so common - nearly one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer - it is very important for men to receive regular prostate exams. If left untreated, prostate cancer may have serious consequences.

 Who Will Get Prostate Cancer:

Although there is not one clear reason for the development of prostate cancer, there are a number of factors that doctors believe to be linked to the disease. The risk of contracting prostate cancer increases quickly after age 50. Doctors hypothesize that age may be the most important risk factor for men. Prostate cancer seems to more prevalent in men of African American or Caribbean descent and less common in men of Asian descent. Family history and genetics does have an impact on who will contract prostate cancer. Generally, those who have a history of prostate cancer in their family will be more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. Diet and lifestyle are two important determinants of contracting prostate cancer. Those men who eat a diet high in saturated fats and low in fibre are more likely to be at risk for prostate cancer as research suggests that saturated fats increase the production of testosterone, which may help prostate cancer cells grow. Nutrients like lycopene (found in tomatoes), green tea, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, may be effective for preventing prostate cancer.

What are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer:

Typical symptoms of prostate cancer include difficulty urinating, frequent urination or blood in the urine. Early detection is the key to beating prostate cancer, so even if these symptoms are not present, it is crucial for men to have regular prostate screenings to ensure that all prostate cells are healthy.  

Some men have no symptoms and the only sign is a sudden rise in PSA levels. For this reason starting to have a yearly PSA test around 45 will give you a base-line.

Tests for Determine Prostate Cancer:

There are two tests to check for prostate cancer, the prostate specific antigen test (PSA) and the digital rectal exam (DRE). The PSA is a simple blood test that can be ordered by any doctor. The test measures the amount of prostate specific antigen present in the blood. PSA is a protein that is naturally produced by the prostate. Prostate cancer glands will release a higher amount of PSA than healthy glands, and as such, a high PSA level may be a warning sign of prostate cancer. The digital rectal exam involves a doctor inserting a gloved finger into the rectum to in an effort to feel for any abnormalities on the prostate. Combining the two tests provides the most accurate results.

Preventing Prostate Cancer:

The best way for men to prevent prostate cancer is to ensure regular testing. If the disease is caught early the chances of overcoming it are very large. There are a variety of treatments for early stage prostate cancer that are effective at containing the disease. Men can also maintain a diet low in saturated fats and high in fibre and incorporate exercise into their daily routines.  

Helpful Products for Prostate Cancer

  • Fibre
  • Men's hormone regulators
  • Prostate support products
  • Healthy Omega Oils
  • Multi Vitamins

Movember Month

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valour by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.  


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