Protect Your Health: Your Manhood Matters!
30 October 2015: CANSA aims to educate about prostate and testicular cancer with its Men’s Health campaign kicking off in November. Prostate cancer is one of the leading cancers in South African males with one in 27 men having a lifetime risk of diagnosis.
‘Protect Your Health: Your Manhood Matters’ is the theme for the campaign and CANSA hopes to encourage every man to look after his body and overall health. It’s important to notice any changes in the body, along with going for regular check-ups and having Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests.
“My message to other men, especially 40 years and older, is to go for regular screening and don’t neglect your health. I was diagnosed by chance after having had some blood tests done for another medical ailment. If I had gone two years later, I may not have been so fortunate and had less options in terms of treatment. Early detection is of great importance when it comes to effective treatment”, says prostate cancer survivor, David Lucas (58) who was diagnosed in 2013.
He also shares the impact of a cancer diagnosis – “Being a survivor had an emotional and certainly financial effect on my family. So it’s important to be prepared and ensured that you take care of your health. I am hopeful and know that the challenge of cancer can be overcome.”
Testicular cancer affects mostly younger men aged between 15 and 39. CANSA’s message for younger men is to conduct regular testicular self-examinations – feel for any lumps (can be as small as a grain of rice and are usually quite firm like hard rubber), changes in size or irregularities. Consult your health practitioner if any abnormalities are detected. Find info on how to do testicular self-examinations…
During November, men and women register and support the global initiative ‘Movember’ that sees men grow moustaches for 30 days in order to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer as well as men’s mental health and physical inactivity. In South Africa, ‘Movember’, administered by the Men’s Foundation, has partnered with CANSA as one of its health partners. For more information & campaign updates, or to sign up as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista, visit www.movember.com or download the Movember app on a mobile device.
Men can contact a local CANSA Care Centre for health awareness materials and arrange for screening or ask about scheduled visits to provide screening via CANSA’s Mobile Health Clinics, if they living in a remote area.