It’s “Movember” and there’s more to it than just growing a moustache!

A1bl“Movember” is a foundation that’s committed to changing men’s health by working to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate and testicular cancer. 

Testicular cancer can be cured if diagnosed early 

Cancer can develop in one or both testicles in males of any age, including infants and elderly men. Almost half of all cases of testicular cancer occur in men between the ages of 20 and 34.

The good news is that testicular cancer can be treated and usually cured, especially when it’s found early.

Men with testicular cancer in their families have a higher risk. If a man has the disease, there is an increased risk that his brothers or sons will also develop it. But this covers only a small portion of cases. Most men with testicular cancer don’t have it in the family. 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in South African men

One in every 23 South African men who reach the age of 74 will develop prostate cancer. 

What is prostate cancer?

  • Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour.
  • If left untreated, prostate cancer cells may eventually spread from the prostate and invade other parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours.
  • One of the most worrying aspects of the disease is that most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms in the early stages.

What are the risk factors?

  • Gender: Prostate cancer only affects men, as women do not have a prostate gland.
  • Age: The older a man, the more likely he is to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • Family history: A man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer before 60 is twice as likely to develop the cancer.
  • Ethnicity: There is increased occurrence in black African males.
  • Lifestyle: Poor diet and lack of exercise.

What are the possible symptoms?

Most prostate cancers have no symptoms. It is really only advanced cancers that have spread throughout the prostate (and beyond) that cause urinary symptoms such as:

  • Slow flow, hesitancy, frequency, urgency
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Reduced ability to get an erection
  • Painful ejaculation. 

Preventative screening is important in making sure you detect medical conditions early. Discovery Health covers a range of tests, including a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test through their Preventative and Screening Benefit, without it affecting your day-to-day benefits.

Should you like more information on Discovery Health and their product offering, simply send me an e-mail.

CarolynCarolyn Seely
Medical Aid Administrator
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This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice.