The Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

A nice article I found in the Manila Bulletin:

“Recognizing that prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting the male population of the world, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in many countries around the globe to heighten awareness of the disease which affects 250,000 and which causes one death every hour. In the Philippines, June of every year is celebrated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prostate cancer occurs when the cells of the prostate – a small, walnut-shaped gland found below the bladder – mutate into cancer cells. These cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes and the bones. While the exact cause of prostate cancer remains unknown, a number of risk factors have been identified, including age, family history, diet, infection, and inflammation of the prostate. Men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products, and eat fewer fruits and vegetables are most like to get the disease.

Nine out of 10 adults are unaware that cancer of the prostate can develop slowly, unnoticed. Men with early stages of prostate cancer seldom experience symptoms; these manifest after several years when the cancer is large enough to put pressure on the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder). Some of the symptoms are: Difficulty and pain in passing urine; passing urine more frequent than usual, especially at night; traces of blood in the urine; and erectile dysfunction.

Early last year, the House of Representatives transmitted to the Senate House Bill 590 (Prostate Cancer Public Awareness Act) calling for the creation of a public education program on killer diseases, including prostate cancer and other leading types of cancer. Males aged 40 and above are encouraged to undergo regular physical examinations for prostate cancer and other types of cancer.

Let us also encourage male members of our families and households to have a regular and thorough physical examination especially when they reach the age 40, as early detection of prostate cancer will enable them to immediately seek appropriate medical treatment. Relevant government and private institutions would do well to intensify research efforts to better understand the disease, and achieve breakthroughs in terms of prevention and cure. CONGRATULATIONS!”

To go to the article click below:

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/362262/the-prostate-cancer-awareness-month#.UI4PX2lrZUc

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