Tennessee Men’s Health Prostate Cancer Awareness: Movember
Marshall & Associates, PLLC supports men’s health and prostate cancer awareness.
History of Movember
No, it is not a typo. There really is a word Movember coined by its founders back in 2003. Movember does occur each November. The founders came up with an idea to challenge men to grow mustaches and raise money for men’s health and prostate cancer awareness at the same time. To participate in the program, you had to pay $10. In 2020, the program is stronger than ever and raising both awareness and funding to these great causes.
What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer
Only men have a prostate gland. It sits under the bladder with its main function to produce the fluid that carries sperm. It enlarges with age and is prone to tumor development when cells reproduce at a rapid rate.
Is prostate cancer treatable?
Yes, as with most cancers, much higher survival rates result from early testing and detection.
Tennessee Prostate Cancer Statistics
How many men will die from prostate cancer this year?
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 660 men will die from prostate cancer in Tennessee this year.
There are a number of treatments that can improve the survival rate once diagnosed. Early detection is key. It is good to be able to recognize some of the signs and symptoms.
8 Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty in starting urination flow
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Difficulty in having erections
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper legs
Early Detection: PSA Tests
Doctors recommend having a PSA test done starting at age 50 for most men. African American men and men who have a male relative who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (brother or father) fall into a higher risk category. For these men, a PSA test should be performed at age 45. Be sure to ask your primary care physician or urologist about when you should get tested.
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