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Movember Men's-Health Awareness Month

Movember Men's-Health Awareness Month

Too many men don't talk about their health, don't do anything about it, and pass away too soon. Discussing Movember with guys and educating them about it can help them live happier, healthier, and longer lives. You can influence how men's health is seen. 

What is Movember? 

Movember is an annual event in which mustaches are grown to raise awareness of issues affecting men's health, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. Movember is a combination of the Australian-English slang word for mustache, "mo," and "November." This charity campaign is managed by the Movember Foundation and is located at Movember.com. "Change the face of men's health" is their stated mission.

Movember attempts to improve early cancer detection, diagnosis, and efficient treatments while lowering the number of avoidable deaths by encouraging males, or "Mo Bros," to participate. The Foundation urges men to adopt a healthier lifestyle and to be aware of any family history of cancer and encourages men to get yearly physicals. It emphasizes the three main health issues of testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health & suicide prevention while using the mustache as its motivating emblem. The Movember Foundation has raised $837 million since its founding and financed more than 1,200 initiatives in more than 20 nations.

What is prostate cancer?

Men's pelvis has a little gland with a walnut-like structure called the prostate. A digital rectal exam can be used to evaluate it because it is situated adjacent to the bladder. A type of cancer that appears in the prostate gland is called prostate cancer. In the US, it is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men.

Prostate cancer causes the death of more than 366,000 men annually. Although many new medications and treatments are available, it is unclear which ones will benefit men with advanced prostate cancer the most.

Since prostate cancer often progresses slowly, it may take years before any symptoms appear.

Symptoms of a prostate cancer

Prostate cancer symptoms typically do not manifest until the prostate is large enough to interfere with the tube that removes urine from the bladder through the urethra.

When this occurs, you might observe the following: 

-A greater need to urinate,

-Straining to urinate

-A sense that your bladder hasn't totally emptied

-Appetite loss

-Weight loss

-Urine with blood in it (Hematuria)

-Pain in the upper thighs, hips, or lower back

-Ejaculation that hurts

Differences between prostate cancer and testicular cancer

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer develops in the prostate, a tiny male gland that resembles a walnut and secretes the seminal fluid that supports and transports sperm. Most men with prostate cancer are older; the average age of diagnosis is 65. Prostate cancer is the most prevalent type, affecting 1 in 9 men throughout their lifetime.

Early detection of prostate cancer, when it has not progressed past the prostate gland, increases the likelihood of successful treatment. Men without symptoms or a family history of the disease should start getting screened for prostate cancer at the age of 50, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is uncommon, making up approximately 1% of all male cancers, in contrast to prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in 250 men may acquire testicular cancer. The testicles, also known as the testes, are a loose pouch of skin beneath the penis where testicular cancer develops. Male sex hormones and sperm for reproduction are produced in the testicles.

Although men of any age or race can get testicular cancer, it is typically discovered in younger Caucasian males between the ages of 15 and 35. The risk may also be higher in men with aberrant testicular development or with a family history of testicular cancer.

Treatments 

Some malignancies progress so slowly that no treatment may be required. Others spread quickly and threaten life, necessitating treatment in most cases.

You have a few treatment options and should talk to your healthcare team to see the best option for you. Several variables can affect how you are treated, including:

  • your health condition and age
  • cancer's grade and stage (Gleason score and TNM stage)
  • your risk level (whether the cancer is low, intermediate, or high risk)
  • your preferences concerning the long-term outcomes, side effects, and treatment objective

Before deciding what to do, think about how the treatment's short- and long-term repercussions would affect your life and how much you're willing to put up with. Additionally, keep in mind that you might experiment with various things in the future.

Your physician can determine if cancer can spread or recur (return) following treatment with the help of the results from other diagnostic tests. Try to maintain or improve your health as well. Fighting prostate cancer requires a well-balanced diet, keeping a healthy weight, exercising, and giving up smoking.

Before beginning treatment, examine your options if you have the time. Seek advice from several different prostate cancer specialists. Another urologist, oncologist, or radiation oncologist might be necessary. Before you start, take into account your doctor's experience. The likelihood of long-term side effects (such as incontinence) is decreased with more skilled surgeons. Additionally, it is beneficial to converse with and gain knowledge from other survivors.

Having prostate cancer and living with it

Since prostate cancer typically spreads exceptionally slowly, you may go years without experiencing symptoms or needing medical attention.

But it still has an impact on your life. A prostate cancer diagnosis can understandably leave you feeling frightened or depressed, not to mention the potential adverse effects of treatment. Discussing the illness with your loved ones, close friends, your doctor, and other men with prostate cancer could be helpful. 

Natural Methods for Preventing Prostate Cancer

According to research, the following organic compounds may help prevent prostate cancer in some cases:

  • Vitamin D 

According to numerous studies, preserving healthy vitamin D levels may aid in the prevention of prostate cancer. Many medical professionals advise increasing vitamin D levels by taking a daily supplement. Getting enough vitamin D only through food sources and sunlight exposure can be challenging.

  • The fatty acids omega-3

A 2009 study comprising 466 men with aggressive prostate cancer and 478 males of comparable ages without prostate cancer found a connection between higher dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a decreased incidence of aggressive prostate cancer. Omega-3s are fatty acids found in oily seafood like salmon and mackerel. According to the study's authors, they may help combat prostate cancer by lowering inflammation.

  • Lycopene

Numerous studies suggest that regularly consuming lycopene, an antioxidant in foods like tomatoes and watermelons, may help lower the chance of developing prostate cancer. However, there is no proof to support the statement that claims that consuming lycopene supplements can lessen the risk of prostate cancer. 

  • Green Tea

In a 2008 population survey, researchers examined information on 49,920 men (aged 40 to 69). They discovered that the risk of advanced prostate cancer was reduced among those who drank green tea.

  • Yoga, meditation, and massage

Some prostate cancer patients try meditation, yoga, massage, reiki, acupuncture, and other wellness practices to enhance their physical and mental health. For instance, yoga has been shown to relieve erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence brought on by traditional cancer treatments by reducing exhaustion, bolstering pelvic floor muscles, and increasing blood flow.

Discuss any alternative therapies with your medical team to ensure there are no risks or conflicts with your prostate cancer treatment. Incorporating a holistic or alternative approach should be discussed with your medical team. Lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy diet and getting massages won't hurt and could provide additional health benefits.

Summary

Although prostate cancer is prevalent, doctors can identify most cases early and offer effective therapy. Regular screening is the best approach to finding prostate cancer in its earliest stages. Depending on risk factors, screening may be best started at age 40. You should talk to your doctor about your options if you haven't had a screening.

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