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Movember for Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Happy Movember, everyone!

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Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States, after skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in white men. African-American men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white men with prostate cancer.

Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms. Advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow of urine, but these symptoms can also be caused by benign prostate conditions.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

In its early stages, prostate cancer often has no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can be like those of an enlarged prostate or BPH. Thus, it is vital to talk to your health care provider when you have urinary symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Dull pain in the lower pelvic area,
  • Frequent urinating,
  • Trouble urinating, pain, burning, or weak urine flow,
  • Blood in the urine or semen,
  • Painful ejaculation,
  • Pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Loss of weight
  • Bone pain

There are two types of screening tests used to detect Prostate Cancer. Health care providers use the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal examination (DRE) to screen for prostate cancer. They advise both for early detection.

Deciding what treatment you should get can be complex if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treament depends on the stage and grade of the cancer. It also depends on your age and health.

Some cancers grow so slowly that treatment may not be needed. But, some grow fast and are life–threatening. If you are diagnosed with psotate cancer, your health care provider will review your PSA level, T stage, Gleason score, and biopsy results. The results from these test will help your health care provider predict the likelihood of your cancer progressing or coming back.

The treatment choices for prostate cancer are:

  • Active Surveillance
  • Watchful Waiting
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Often times, treatment plans include more than one treatment option.

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National Wear Blue Day

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Finn/Charlie Brown is wearing blue, and so should you!

Hey everybody! Thanks so much for checking back with us throughout the week. I know that I’ve been posting quite a few awareness blog entries this week, and I just want to reassure you that it won’t be this busy every week. We have a few awareness observances this week that we thought should all get some attention, so we kicked it up a notch, in order to be comprehensive. One of the most important health observances of this week is the subject for this post, actually. Today is part two of the Men’s Health Week awareness blog post. We couldn’t fit all the information into one, so we’ve broken it up into two. This post will pick up where we left off earlier in the week where we were discussing the top ten biggest killers of men. It’s important for both men and women to be informed about the risks men face so that we can all make an effort to prevent them from taking someone we love.

Today is Wear Blue Day, which is observed on the Friday of every Men’s Health Week. The purpose of Wear Blue Day is to encourage men to seek regular check ups and screening in order to prevent illness. It is also a day used to raise awareness for men’s health issues and raise money to fund research and treatment. The point of men’s health week is to help men live longer, healthier lives. I just want to reiterate a point I made in the first post, because it’s an important issue regarding Men’s Health. There is a tendency for men in this country to not be completely honest or upfront with their doctors about things that are bothering them because they are trying to appear tough. This is so incredibly dangerous! Doctors do not care whatsoever if you are tough, but they do care about whether or not anything may be wrong with your health. If you downplay symptoms or concerns then you are increasing the likelihood that it will continue to get worse and cause more serious problems long term. Early detection is the key to a long life of health. If you don’t treat things early on, like high blood pressure for example, then you will be putting yourself at risk for very serious consequences. The time to treat your health concerns is not after something has already happened, but instead to treat it before so that something bad never happens.

Okay, done. Let’s get to the good stuff, yes? Picking up where we left off…

The number six cause of death is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of conditions relating to the decrease in cognitive function, one of which is Alzheimer’s. Dementia develops as the result of damaged neuropathways. Damaged nerve cells within the brain no longer function as they used to, and begin to die. The death of these damaged nerve cells causes cognition to decrease, as the function of the brain decreases. This may cause a decline in memory, a change in behavior and sometimes even a change in personality, and it inhibits the ability to think clearly. You may notice unusual confusion, or abrupt loss of train of thought. You may also notice that the person becomes more easily flustered, frustrated, or agitated by things that would not have caused a problem before. Typically, short-term memory loss is the first indication of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. With Alzheimer’s, the death of neurons will continue until it eventually prevents the brain from carrying out life-sustaining functions, such as breathing. In end stages, patients will require round-the-clock medical attention as they become bed-bound and dependent on life-sustaining machines. Alzheimer’s is ultimately a terminal disease. There are roughly 5.4 million people in America with Alzheimer’s, 200,000 of which were diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s (before the age of 65). Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured or prevented entirely. Reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease can greatly improve your risk for developing Alzheimer’s, as can staying mentally fit with activities such as reading, exercise, learning, playing an instrument, and games like crossword puzzles or scrabble.

The seventh leading cause of death is Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar and maintain normal levels. This causes hyperglycemia, or high levels of glucose in the blood, which damages the body over time. Consistent hyperglycemia leads to tissue damage in the nerves, blood vessels, eyes, and other tissues in the body. When we eat, our bodies turn a large percentage of our food into glucose. Glucose is a vital source of energy that is required by the body to function. All of our cells and organs need glucose to be healthy. When someone has diabetes, there is a build up of glucose in the blood because either the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or the body can not use the insulin produced by the pancreas as well as it should be able to. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps glucose enter our cells. The inability to get the glucose into the cells effectively causes the buildup of glucose in the blood, which causes high blood sugar. Results of diabetes include blindness, poor circulation (sometimes leading to amputation), kidney failure, heart disease, and nerve damage. About 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is adult onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or significantly delayed by maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet.

The eighth cause of death is the flu and pneumonia. For most people, the flu is just an uncomfortable inconvenience that they have to face when the weather gets cold. We do our best to avoid it, but chances are that we will be exposed to the seasonal flu every year. Influenza (the flu) is an extremely contagious viral infection, which is often transmitted through a cough or sneeze, or direct contact. Chances are, you’ve had the flu more than once. The reason we suffer from the flu annually, instead of having it once and developing immunity against it in the future, is because there are many different kinds of the flu. There are three families of the flu: A, B, and C. There are many strains of each type, and the virus evolves continually, making our immunity to a previous flu irrelevant. Most healthy people recover from the flu in a few days to weeks, but babies, seniors, and those with a suppressed immune system are at high risk for complications from the flu. One of the most common complications from the flu is pneumonia. Pneumonia can become very serious, and even deadly. Wit pneumonia, the lungs fill with fluid, and prevent oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Without adequate oxygen circulation, cells cannot function and may die, causing organ failure and death. You can significantly increase your chances of not getting the flu by getting a flu shot every year, maintaining good hygiene, and avoiding people or places that have been exposed to the virus. The ninth cause of death is kidney disease. Kidney disease is comprised of nephrotic syndrome, nephritis and nephrosis. Chronic kidney disease damages the kidneys and prevents them from filtering blood as well as healthy kidneys. When the kidneys cannot filter the blood well, waste and toxins in the blood stream build up and begin to damage the body. While kidney disease is common, awareness for kidney disease is dangerously low. Because awareness is so low, many people have kidney disease without realizing it. Roughly 26 million people in America have kidney disease, and less than half of the people with the most severe stage of kidney disease even know that their kidneys are damaged. Lack of awareness is likely a large component of why it is so deadly, since people cannot treat and manage what they do not know they have. Chronic kidney disease risk increases with age, particularly after the age of 50, with most patients over the age of 70. To reduce your risk of kidney disease, always follow instructions for medications, including over the counter medicines, do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and treat other medical conditions.

The tenth leading cause of death is suicide. Suicide is major issue in the United States. Risk factors for suicide vary by demographic, but common risk factors include: Depression, mental illness, substance abuse or addiction, family history of suicide, victims of physical violence, victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse, owning firearms, prior incarceration, exposure to suicide by peers or family members, and prior suicide attempts. Having these risk factors does not necessarily mean that someone is suicidal. Some people have many of these risk factors but are not suicidal, and some people have none of these risk factors but are suicidal. Things to look for in assessing whether someone may be suicidal include: talking about wanting to die or commit suicide, researching how to commit suicide, discussing feelings of hopelessness or apathy, feelings of worthlessness, feeling trapped, feeling like you cannot bear the pain any longer, feeling like a burden, feeling you have nothing to live for, behaving recklessly, engaging in high risk behaviors, increased substance use or abuse, not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much, isolation, withdrawal from normal activities and relationships, and extreme mood swings. If you think someone you know may be showing signs that they are planning to commit suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; it’s free and it’s confidential. They also have an online chat on their website if talking over the phone isn’t your thing.

Thank you for reading! I know this post is a little heavy, but the only way to prevent these things from happening is to be aware of them. The next post will be a little lighter, I promise. See you next time!

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Men's Health Week

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Happy Men's Health Week to all the dudes out there!

Thanks for joining us today for the awareness blog! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! This week, we’re going to have a few posts in honor of Men’s Health Week and other health related observances. So, be sure to check back throughout the week to keep up with us! Don’t stress… we wont be churning out posts like this every week. We’ll get back to our weekly posts next week. The reason I have chosen to do a couple of Men’s Health Week posts is because there is a prominent issue in our culture that encourages men to tough out pain, or overcome problems by “manning up”. This is an extremely dangerous attitude to foster in our society because men aren’t completely honest with their doctors during annual exams, and they don’t get the medical attention they need until it’s too late. Annual physicals are not an opportunity to prove your masculinity. Your doctor doesn’t care anyway. The only thing your doctor cares about is your health, and if you are masking symptoms or pretending you’re fine, your doctor cannot take care of you. And, for all the guys out there who consider going to the doctor for annual exams to be unnecessary, you are dead wrong. Not going to the doctor doesn’t make you tough, it makes you stupid, and sometimes it makes you dead. So, please, for the sake of your family who loves you and needs you to be around for as long as possible, go get your check up. I apologize if I’m coming across as harsh, but it’s the truth. I have a father, and brother, and a husband, and I need all of them to take care of themselves, if for no other reason than my selfish desire for them to be alive. I would rather hear them complain about something that’s bothering them than pretend to be fine. Pretending to be fine has literally never lead to actually being fine. So, just be upfront about what’s going on, and get yourself a check up if you think there may be a problem (or if we tell you to). End rant. Let’s talk men’s health issues.

Did you know that men die an average of five years earlier than women? The average life expectancy for men in the United States is 78.8 years old. That doesn’t sound too bad when you think about it, until you look at life expectancies for men in other countries. A lot of that has to do with the particular lifestyle choices that are common in our country, as well as attitudes towards mental health. In 2015, the life expectancy for men in the United States ranked 43 out of all nations. Considering that there are over 200 countries, it seems like we’re pretty high up there. When you consider the amount of technology, health care and resources we have available to us, though, we should be doing much better. We fall behind a lot of European nations with equivalent access.

In the United States, 10 causes account for 75 percent of all deaths. Heart disease is in first place year after year after year in both sexes, but the men die from it more than women do. One out of every four deaths is caused by heart disease. Heart disease affects all demographics of our country, without racial or ethnic preference. Between 70 and 89 percent of heart attacks/cardiac events in America happen to men. Half of the men that die from those heart attacks had no previous symptoms. Most of them were at risk, and risk can be managed and greatly reduced with treatment and lifestyle adjustments. Just because you don’t have any symptoms, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk. That’s why annual exams and physicals are so important. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, family history, being overweight or obese, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet. Half of Americans have either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoke.

The second leading cause of death is cancer. Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other type of cancer. Cancer can develop in anyone at any time. I think that’s one of the scariest things about it. You can be the picture of health and still develop cancer, which is yet another reason why going to the doctor when you feel something unusual and having annual exams is so crucial. Most people who have cancer discovered the disease themselves, and sometimes, unfortunately, they wait too long. While I can totally understand the wait and see approach, things like cancer have the most successful outcomes when they are caught early. Things that may even seem like age-related ware and tear can sometimes be symptoms of something much more sinister, so it is important to talk about it with your doctor. For men, the top three cancers that cause death are lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colon and rectum cancer. It has been estimated by The World Cancer Research Fund that as many as one third of cancer cases in the U.S. are due to obesity or being overweight, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. All three of these factors are within our control, which means they are preventable cases of cancer. Also, I just want to throw this in, most cases of melanoma can be prevented completely by just wearing sunscreen. Don’t forget the back of your neck; that’s one of the most common places for men to get skin cancer.

The third leading cause of death is called Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, or CLRD. CLRD is an umbrella term for a handful of respiratory diseases that cause breathing issues, or block airways. Most commonly, death from CLRD is caused by COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. CLRD also includes bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. The biggest thing you can do to prevent CLRD is to not smoke, and avoid environments where you may be exposed to second hand smoke. Regular smoke from a wood-burning fireplace or bonfire isn’t great for you either. The general rule is try not to inhale smoke. CLRD can be caused by other things, too, such as pollution, workplace exposure to chemicals or other pollutants, genetic predisposition, and chronic respiratory infections. Back to COPD, though. 80 percent of COPD deaths can be directly caused by smoking. That means 80 percent of deaths from COPD are preventable. If smoking related deaths were eliminated, a massive portion of CLRD deaths would be gone. It would make a big enough difference that CLRD would drop in cause of death rankings, considerably.

The fourth leading cause of death in the United States is called “unintentional injuries.” I know what you’re thinking, “aren’t most injuries unintentional?” Yes. What unintentional injuries really means is accidents. Accidents are one of the top causes of death in people 44 and under. Obviously, nobody sets out to get in an accident, and by nature, they are unintentional, but there are some things that can reduce the risk of death from unintentional injury. It’s pretty common sense stuff, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t actually do them. Prevention includes wearing your seatbelt, not drinking and driving, not texting while driving, and just overall better road safety. Don’t tail slow drivers in front of you, don’t swerve through traffic (studies have shown that swerving through traffic makes very little difference in how much faster you get to your destination, by the way), don’t speed, let merging cars over, etc.

The fifth leading cause of death is stroke, also called cerebrovascular disease. Your risk for stroke depends on a lot of factors. It can vary by demographic. But the one thing that is true despite demographic differences is that your risk will continually increase with age, particularly after age 65. Something close to 75 percent of strokes occur in people over the age of 65. Strokes are similar to heart disease in terms of risk factors and prevention. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are the top risk factors, just like heart disease. The other risk factors are pretty much the same as heart disease, such as being overweight or obese, not getting enough exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking. Some different risk factors include diabetes, dehydration, not taking medication exactly as prescribed. There are other risk factors, but these are the most common.

I think I’ll stop here, exactly half way through the top ten causes of death. To be continued this week. Make sure you check back for part 2.

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