What We Need To Be More Aware Of This Movember
Movember, for those of you who may not be in the know, occurs every November in the hopes of raising awareness for men’s health. Mostly to raise awareness in men about the signs and symptoms of diseases such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Movember consists of participants growing a moustache in order to raise awareness for the cause. However, there are other ways to get involved like hosting an event.
Whilst not everyone may not be able to host an event, or have the physical capacity to grow a moustache it’s important everyone be aware of what to check for when it comes to testicular and prostate cancers.
What’s the Difference?
An important thing to note is that testicular cancer is not the same as prostate cancer.
Just because they occur in the same general area, the two are very different. However, recent studies suggest young men who have experiences testicular cancer may be at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer later on in life.
First up, Testicular cancer…
Where? One or both testes.
Who? Testicular cancer mostly affects young white males aged 15-35, however it is very rare compared to other forms of cancer. Those with a family history of testicular cancer, infertility diagnoses, genetic disorders, or HIV diagnoses are also more at risk.
How? To check for testicular cancer men should use their thumb and forefinger to feel for any changes in size or shape, any sign of lumps or bumps, or any tenderness in the area. Most men find it easiest to check in the shower. Checks should be performed monthly.
Symptoms for testicular cancer include:
Lumps and swelling (often with no pain)
Dull ache in lower abdomen
Tenderness and soreness in chest/breasts
Next, Prostate cancer…
Where? The prostate
Who? Prostate cancer affects mostly older men over the age of 65. Black men are 60% more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men. If caught early, prostate cancer is very treatable. However, some older men end up developing prostate cancer, and are often left undiagnosed, and end up dying of other ailments.
How? As aforementioned, symptoms of prostate cancer are often undetectable until it has spread. Older men are advised to get regular screenings for prostate cancer.
Some things that may indicate prostate cancer and help you get an early diagnoses.
Increased flow in urination
Decreased flow in urination
Blood in urine
Burning sensation when urinating
More frequent urination
Loss of control of bladder
If reading this as a man, and may be experiencing any symptoms of testicular or prostate cancer listed above, we urge you to see a medical professional immediately. Men are often portrayed as having to be macho and strong, there is nothing tough about avoiding what could be a very serious disease. This is the overall message of Movember - raising awareness for men’s health and urging men to look out for themselves and each other.
Should you have a son, it is extremely important to discuss the signs and symptoms with him. Testicular cancer can occur as young as 15.
Remember, both of these cancers are very treatable - but they have to be caught early!