Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and treatments and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.
The prostate is a gland located immediately below the bladder, in front of the bowels. It produces fluid that protects and enriches sperm.
Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour. If left untreated, prostate cancer cells may eventually spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours.
One of the most worrying aspects of the disease is that most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms in the early stages
Not everyone experiences 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. These symptoms include:
· A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
· Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
· Weak or interrupted flow of urine
· Painful or burning urination
· Blood in urine or semen
· Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
If you have any concerns or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you contact your doctor.
Prevention is better than cure! After the age of 50 all men should start to include the following supplements and dietary changes in their lifestyle:
Include more of the following in your diet:
VEGETABLES ARE ANTI-CANCER
Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, cabbage, kale and collard greens should be incorporated into your cancer prevention and treatment protocol. Vegetables have large amounts of dietary fibre. Fibre has been shown to decrease blood levels of excess oestrogens from the environment that are found in plastics, chemicals, pesticides and in our food especially meat, milk, eggs, fish etc. Fibre is also important for stopping testosterone from converting into the negative form of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Both excess oestrogen and DHT stimulate prostate cancer cell growth. Vegetables are also rich in antioxidants that can destroy carcinogens, the substances in your body that cause cancer.
PUMPKIN SEEDS – The crunchy snacks contain protective compounds called phytosterols, which may be responsible for shrinking the prostate. They also contain chemicals that may be beneficial for prostate health.