Back in 2003 a couple of mates in Melbourne discussing fashion and recurring trends joked about bringing back the Mo, they talked a few mates into joining them and chose the month of November renaming it “Movember”.
Today it has become a global movement participated in by 21 different countries, has raised $770 million and funded 1,200 men’s health projects since 2003. This movement is motivated by reducing premature deaths in men and is making a significant contribution to “changing the face of men’s health”.
The 3 main areas of focus/awareness of the Movember movement are: Prostate Cancer; Testicular Cancer; Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. While we cannot cover all these topics in the required detail in just one article, we have chosen to focus on the Prostate, as we believe before we can address the issue of Prostate cancer, as blokes we must first understand a bit about our Prostate.
While prostate cancer kills around 3000 Aussie men each year there are approx. 2.4 million men living with a prostate problem (mostly due to enlargement).
So what is it? The prostate is an important part of our reproductive system, it is about the size of a walnut (in a young man) and makes the fluid that protects and feeds the sperm. This little gland is shaped like a donut and the tube we pee through goes through the centre. The problem is that as part of the ageing process the prostate keeps growing, trebling in size over our life, and as the prostate enlarges it inhibits our ability to urinate.
Most of us know that some older men have trouble emptying their bladder. Sometimes this means getting up often during the night and not being able to do anything when they do, which is a nuisance and embarrassing. Something more serious could be happening such as a blockage, which can cause repeated urinary tract infections or result in bladder or kidney problems, or it could be prostate cancer. Unfortunately, the symptoms of several Prostate conditions are similar.
As men we need to act on any prostate issue that is affecting us. We need to find out if it is part of the natural process of ageing and if you are troubled by urination problems, you should see a doctor (no matter what your age). If your doctor agrees that your symptoms need further evaluation and treatment, you may need to undergo a few tests.
Diet and exercise are important to prostate health, we know that eating 150 grams of nuts a week and incorporating natural red foods, such as beetroot, tomato and watermelon, into our diet helps keep our prostate, and the rest of our body, in good condition.
Terry and the Team
The Regional Men’s Health Initiative
delivered by Wheatbelt Men’s Health (Inc.)
PO Box 768, Northam WA 6401
Phone: 08 9690 2277