Thursday, 8 May 2008

Prostate Cancer

A very close, longstanding and dear friend has just been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer – he’s currently undergoing treatment and the good news is that this is very much a treatable cancer PROVIDED it’s caught early enough.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men – so guys, finding out about it is cool and could save your life or the life of someone you love.

We should know that apparently the risk of getting prostate cancer increases as you get older. Most men are diagnosed over the age of 50, but it can affect men from the age of about 40.

As men, we are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if our father or brother has been diagnosed.

FACT: (Now here’s a sobering statistic) In the UK 35,000 men are diagnosed every year

Early diagnosis can improve a guy’s chances of finding a successful treatment, yet most of us men do not know what symptoms to look for and do not go to the doctor to get them checked out when they have them.

FACT: In the UK, one man dies every hour

Prostate cancer has, until recently, been overlooked as a serious health issue facing men which means that not enough research funds have been targeted at solving the problem, so we still don’t really know how to prevent it, screen for it and treat it effectively.

But guys, WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT – first and foremost put your fears and modesty aside and

Go see the Doctor and GET A CHECK UP

– and do it regularly too; maybe once a year or so but whatever DON’T LEAVE IT or put it off until ‘another day’ – by then it might just be too late.

You can never be too busy to look after your health and besides I care about my friends and want them to grow old bones!!