For the month of November, men participating in Movember, start the month clean-shaven. For the rest of the month, they style, trim, and wax their facial hair to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health.
ONLY men have a prostate. Prostate cancer effects men of any age. However, prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50, and your risk increases with age. The average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. If you are under 50, your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low. Men under 50 can get it, but it isn’t common.
A prostate is a small gland that sits below the bladder near the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, the passage in the penis through which urine and semen pass.The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It produces most of the fluid that makes up semen that enriches sperm. The prostate needs the male hormone testosterone to grow and develop.
There may be no symptoms for the early stages of pancreatic cancer. However in the later stages, some symptoms of prostate cancer may include: feeling the need to urinate frequently and all of a sudden, finding it difficult and uncompfortable to urinate, pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips, and finding blood in urine or semen. Just because you have these symptoms, doesn’t always mean you have prostate cancer, you should always check with your GP.
Men over age 50, or 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, should talk to their doctor about testing for prostate cancer using the PSA test and DRE as part of their annual health check-up.