Be a Man – Get the Facts & Talk About Male Cancers!
Another November done, another set of moustaches luckily shaved away. Movember first started in Australia in 2003 with just 30 men. More than 10 years later, over 5 million men and women across the world are growing moustaches and raising money and awareness for men’s health. One of the key purposes of Movember is to share information about male cancers, so we thought we’d join in on the fun.
-The testes are oval shaped organs, each about the size of a large grape. They are located within the scrotum (behind the penis).
-The job of the testicles is to produce sperm and secrete testosterone. They are the female equivalent of the ovaries.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Canadian men aged 15 - 29 years, but men are at risk from age 15-40.
- An estimated 1,050 Canadian men were diagnosed with testicular cancer in Canada in 2015.
-While common, the five-year survival rate is 97%, which is very positive.
Self test! It is important to know your norm. Click here to learn how to perform a quick and easy test of your own testes. While feeling, look for signs such as swelling or a lump; note any change is weight, size or shape. While tenderness is normal, pain is never ok.
- The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. It secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm.
-1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
-On average 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.
-Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada.
-While most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms in the early stages, some symptoms include: changes in urinary or sexual function such as difficulty starting urination or holding back urine, painful or burning urination or ejaculation or blood in urine or semen.
-Prostate cancer is more likely in older men, men of black African and Afro-Caribbean descent, and men with a family history of the disease.
Genital exams and digital rectal exams (DRE) – what to expect!
-Talk to other men! Check in regularly with friends and family about their health and discuss any questions you may have.
-Learn about your family history - Family history is one of the most powerful tools to understanding your health. Check out this link on important questions to ask.
-If you notice something, do something about it! Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or are experiencing any unusual symptoms. Remember, you know your body best.
-Go for routine check ups at your doctors.
Check out more great information on Movember and men’s health in general at: https://ca.movember.com