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Talk to your GP about prostate health

Prostate cancer. Get the facts.

Only men have a prostate. It is a small gland that sits below the bladder near the rectum.

The prostate is often described as being the size of a walnut and it is normal for it to grow as men age. Sometimes this can cause problems, such as difficulty urinating. These problems are common in older men and not always symptoms or signs of cancer.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These abnormal cells can continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way and sometimes spread outside the prostate into nearby or distant parts of the body.

Three facts about prostate cancer

  1. In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men
  2. More than 3,000 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year
  3. More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer.

What are some symptoms of prostate cancer?

In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. In the later stages, some symptoms of prostate cancer might include:

  • Feeling the frequent or sudden need to urinate
  • Finding it difficult to urinate (for example, trouble starting or not being able to urinate when the feeling is there or poor urine flow)
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Finding blood in urine or semen
  • Pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips.

These symptoms may not mean you have prostate cancer, but if you do experience any of them, please see your doctor at PVH Medical.

What are the risk factors?

Factors that are most strongly linked to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer are:

  • Age – the chance of developing prostate cancer increases as you grow older
  • Family history – you have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer if you have a first degree male relative with this cancer.

Other factors that may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer include genetics, diet and lifestyle.

Reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer

There is no evidence that the following protective factors can stop prostate cancer from developing, but they can improve your overall health and possibly reduce the risk of prostate cancer:

  • Diet – eat meals that are nutritious. What is good for the heart is good for the prostate.
  • Physical activity/exercise – there is some evidence to show that physical activity and regular exercise can be protective factors for cancer. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is asking Australia to get involved and help create awareness and raise the much-needed funds to help in the fight against prostate cancer.

If you’re male and over 50 – or over 40 if you have a family history – you’re encouraged to talk with your GP about prostate health.

Make an online booking with your friendly doctor in Pascoe Vale or call 9304 0500 today.

 

Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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PVH Medical supports Movember.

Movember is for men’s health

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health.

Since 2003, $850 million has been raised and countless men and women have been empowered to join the global men’s health movement. Through the moustaches grown, the connections created, and the conversations generated, more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects have been funded in 21 countries.

A bit about the history of Movember

The seed of an idea first sprouted over a few beers in Melbourne in 2003, when two mates challenged each other to grow a moustache for the duration of November. Recruiting the support of 30 loyal friends, together they experienced a month of inquisitive conversation as a result of their newly acquired facial hair. The power of the Mo as a conversation starter and awareness raiser was realised.

What it’s all about

Movember is about helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives through investing in these key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Funds raised go towards supporting innovative world-class men’s health programs supporting the key areas.

Getting involved is easy. Simply sign up at Movember.com and fundraise by growing a moustache, setting a movement challenge (like walking, running or swimming), hosting an event or making a donation.

Startling statistics about men’s health

Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. The stats are startling:

  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men ages 15-29
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men
  • More than 500,000 men take their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

“When we look at these stats, it becomes so clear that there is a men’s health crisis,” says Owen Sharp, CEO of Movember Foundation.

“There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love around to live happier, healthier, longer lives. They don’t have to miss out on those key moments that matter most.”

Men’s health matters

At PVH Medical, our men’s health services aim to provide professional treatment of all types of men’s health problems in a confidential setting. From routine check-ups to screening tests to treating chronic ailments, our doctors have the experience and expertise to ensure optimal health and wellness.

So if you or a loved one needs to see a doctor, we’re here for you. You can make a booking online, on the Appointuit mobile app or by giving us a call on 9304 0500.

 

Source: Movember

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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