Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Why You Should Take Note
As an adult male, you may have heard about prostate cancer once or twice in your life. Maybe you know someone who has battled the disease or even experienced it yourself. The fact is that prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among men, with one in nine men being diagnosed with it in their lifetime. To help raise awareness and promote early detection and prevention, September has been designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In this blog post, we will explore why you should take note of this significant month and what you can do to protect yourself.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the prostate gland, a small, walnut-shaped gland in men that produces seminal fluid. Prostate cancer tends to develop slowly and may not cause any symptoms for years. In some cases, it may not require treatment at all. However, if it grows too quickly or spreads outside the prostate, it can be life-threatening.
Signs and Symptoms
Prostate cancer may not show any early signs or symptoms. However, the following may indicate the possibility of prostate cancer:
- Weak urine flow
- Difficulty in urinating or an inability to do so
- Pain or discomfort during ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Bone pain
Hence regular checkups or screenings are important as men are usually asymptomatic.
While there is no known way to completely prevent prostate cancer, certain factors may decrease the likelihood of developing the disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use, may help lower the risk.
Early detection can save lives. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better the chance of treatment. Screening involves taking a blood test to check the level of a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that is produced in the prostate gland. Elevated PSA levels may indicate the possibility of prostate cancer. It is recommended that men talk to their healthcare providers about screening and any risks or benefits associated with it, particularly among those with a family history of prostate cancer or other high-risk groups.
Prostate cancer is a significant health concern that men need to take seriously. The good news is that early detection and prevention may help increase survival rates. During September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, it is essential to spread the word and educate yourself and others about the disease, its symptoms and its risk factors. Therefore, take advantage of the month to schedule check-ups or screenings with your ReGenesis Health Care, maintain a healthy lifestyle, spread awareness and support those affected by prostate cancer. Remember, prevention is better than cure!