Understanding Men’s Health
November is known as Men’s Health Awareness month and studies conducted say that men are most likely to die from heart disease at an earlier age in comparison to women. Men are also most likely to develop liver disease more than women and inactive men are 60% more likely to be depressed. All these health risks can be reversed by choosing to live a healthier lifestyle and having regular health checks with your doctor.
According to the CANSA organization, more than 1.3 million men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer each year. Not all men develop symptoms of Prostate Cancer, many times, signs of Prostate Cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up. Some men, however, will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of Prostate Cancer.
How to detect Prostate Cancer, look out for the following signs:
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
- Difficulty in having an erection.
- Blood in urine or semen.
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
Remember, if detected early, you can begin your journey to treatment as many people outlive their Prostate Cancer, even those who have advanced disease. Often, Prostate Cancer grows slowly, and there are now effective treatment options that extend life even further such as:
- Active Surveillance
- Hormone Therapy
Don’t wait till it’s too late. Find out how you can get your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test today!
Did you Know?
Close to 11 million (16.1%) of the population in South Africa have been fully vaccinated. Your decision to vaccinate can protect not only yourself but others from the spread of COVID-19. Play your part and get registered to get vaccinated for COVID-19. To register, access the EVDS portal by clicking here.
Government has launched digital vaccination cards. To find out more about the new vaccination card click here.
Dates to Remember
Men’s Health Month
National COPD Awareness Month
14 November – World Diabetes Day
6 – 13 November SADC Malaria Week
25 Nov to 11 Dec – 16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence