Every year, each country celebrates women’s month, some celebrate it in March (USA) and some celebrate it in August (South Africa), we also have an entire month dedicated to breast cancer awareness, this happens every October. But what about men…..?
Yes, men also have an entire month dedicated to them, but no one really celebrates it with them. Every November, men are told to grow out their moustaches in support to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. This month has also been called “Movember,” and there are websites highlighting the importance of Movember. (You can visit it at www.movember.com)
As a women who is constantly surrounded by men who empower women. I feel it is important to highlight men’s issues, therefore, for the next few days, I will be writing about different issues which men face, and how we can assist them.
I know most women may not agree, or want to read more about these issues, but I believe that in order to live in a world where people are treated equally, we should learn to love and respect one another, we should show compassion, appreciation and acknowledgement. Would you have your son to grow up in a world where his health is never spoken about, where it is difficult for him to speak about personal issues which he faces? Men only have this ONE MONTH, let us give them the appreciation they deserve!
One of the main issues which men face today is prostate cancer…
What is Prostate Cancer?
It is a cancer in a man’s prostate, a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting approximately 17% of men at some point during their lives. Most prostate cancers are slow-growing, however, some grow relatively quickly. The cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other areas of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. By far the most common type of prostate cancer is the one that is called adenocarcinoma. Nearly all prostate cancers originate in the gland cells of the prostate. Cancer starts when cells in a particular area of the body start to grow out of control. These cancer cells don’t die, like normal cells do, but continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells.
Prostate cancer is a very slow-growing cancer, and most often, in its early stages, causes no symptoms at all. Symptoms can, however develop over a number of years. These symptoms include:
- Difficulty in urinating
- Sudden urgency and frequency in urinating
- Blood in the urine (This is not always visible to the naked eye, but can be determined by a urine test. This is not a common symptom)
- Poor stream when urinating/also stop-start urination
- Pain when passing urine
- Needing to get up frequently in the night to urinate
Once the cancer has spread to beyond the confines of the prostate itself it is known as metastatic cancer. It most often spreads to the bony skeleton and the lymph glands of the pelvis. The following symptoms could then become apparent:
- Pain in the bones of the back and pelvis
- Enlarged lymph glands of the pelvis
- Swelling of the legs
- Weight loss
- General fatigue
- Difficulty in getting an erection (where difficulty was not experienced before)
- Bone fractures in the pelvic area
- Obstruction of the urethra, which can lead to kidney failure
There is no certain factor which causes Prostate cancer.
However, doctors have highlighted these causes amongst other patients:
- Inherited – men with a family history develop prostate cancer earlier than others
- Hormones – one lifestyle related cause which researchers have found is a diet high in animal fat, this increases testosterone levels. Naturally high testosterone levels are thought to trigger prostate cancer.
- Diet – researchers have found that countries in which the staple diet includes large quantities of dairy and meat products have a far higher prevalence of prostate cancer than
- Chemicals – men exposed to the metal “cadmium” have a higher chance of getting prostate cancer. E.g. Welders.
- Age – it had been found that men over the age of 80 have a higher chance of getting prostate cancer. Recently, however, men over the age of 65 have reportedly been diagnosed. Fewer cases are found in men below the age of 50
- Smoking and men who have a higher calcium intake.
- Works to improve quality of life while adjusting or recovering from a serious illness.
- Monitoring a medical condition instead of taking action right away.
- Placing radioactive material inside the body to treat cancer.
- Treatment that uses x-rays and other high-energy rays to kill abnormal cells.
- Surgical removal of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue using several small cuts.
- Surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland.
- Stops or slows the production of hormones.
- Helps strengthen and build bones.
- Kills cells that are growing or multiplying too quickly.
- Improves urine flow.
- Specialises in cancer.
- Treats and manages cancer by prescribing radiation therapy.
- Treats urinary tract diseases.
Let us wear the blue ribbon in support of men fighting this disease.
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