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health for your
By Joseph Hanna
BEING Prostate Cancer
Awareness Month, November is a good time for
men to grow out their
biggest, bushiest moustache—or “mo” for
some meaningful conversation about prostate cancer and men’s health overall. Prostate
cancer is the most common cancer in
Canadian men: One in seven will be affected.
Here are some notes about the disease.
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a walnut-size gland in
men, below the bladder. In the normal aging
process, it continues to grow slowly, eventually causing difficulty urinating; however, in
some cases, the cells in the prostate become
cancerous and cause the prostate to grow at
a much faster pace than normal.
While there doesn’t appear to be any one
reason for this happening, the chances of
developing prostate cancer increases after
age 50. Men of African or Caribbean descent,
those with a family history of the disease and
those who eat a low-fibre, high-fat diet have
higher rates of developing the disease.
What can I do to prevent this?
While prostate cancer is often symptomless, some of the first symptoms are frequent,
difficult and/or bloody urination. The most
important weapon against the disease is a
healthy lifestyle and early detection. Although
there currently is not a perfect test that
quickly and definitively diagnoses prostate
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