November is here (already!), Wow!
Before we know it there will be snow on the ground and the smell of Christmas in the air! November is that lull between Halloween & Christmas and serves the amazing purpose of bringing awareness to men’s health issues including prostate & testicular cancer.
Heres what you should know about testicular cancer:
–> This cancer affects young men (between the ages of 15-29) BUT The survival rate is around 97% for men in Canada
—>Risk factors include: history of an undescended testicle, white race, family history, infertility and tobacco use
Heres what you should know about prostate cancer:
–> One in six men (16.7%) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but less than 3% will die from the disease
–> Prostate cancer mainly affects older men (most are diagnosed after the age of 65 years)
–> This is a slow growing cancer with a late onset, and is often an incidental finding in elderly patients
Although the odds of dying from these diseases is low, if left undetected, these cancers can spread to other areas of your body (the back, stomach etc) and become a lot more aggressive.
What You Can Do:
1. See your primary care physician if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Problems urinating- pain, blood in your urine, feeling incomplete after urination
- Erectile dysfunction
- Unexplained- fever, night sweats, or weight loss
2. Do not ignore your health ! Ensure regular yearly physical examinations, and if something does not feel right, trust your gut!
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms
- Scrotal pain, or Discomfort
- Hardness in the testicle, or an an usual lump
See your doctor!
Did you know?
Naturopathic Doctors can perform regular screening physical exams and blood work. A focus on prevention is so important, so don’t ignore your health!
To donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, or Testicular Cancer Canada, or to find out how to perform testicular self-examinations, visit the Movember website & grow your ‘stache this November!
Yours in Health,