All right dudes, this month is Movember – also known as the month responsible for the sprouting of some (un) fashionable Fu-Manchus, handlebars, Pancho Villas, walruses, chevrons, or pencil moustaches – all to raise awareness for men’s health, specifically the health of one particular gland that can cause men such problems: the prostate. You might have noticed that we are doing some fund – and awareness – raising. So, here’s what you need to know today, to protect your prostate tomorrow. Here is Prostate 101.
Know your prostate:
The prostate (Greek word for “one who stands before”) is a gland no bigger than the size of a walnut. Located deep within the pelvis, between the rectum and bladder, it surrounds the upper part of the urethra (the tube that allows your pee to flow from your bladder to your penis and out your “peehole”). The main job of the prostate is to create part of the fluid that makes up semen that gets propelled through and out of the urethra during an orgasm. We all know what that is; do I need say more as to why you should protect it?
The prostate should not be ignored:
All jokes aside about latex gloves and ice-cold lube, if you were to name the top 10 things most men would rather just avoid, rectal exams would be high on the list. Painful as hell, you ask? It’s really not that bad. Just breathe, relax as much as possible, and think of Channing Tatum in military duds. Needless to say, relax and get it over with! Regular prostate exams will go a long way!
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 25,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and 4,100 will die of it. Additionally, 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate Cancer Canada says that men nearing and above their 40s should be checked regularly for the disease, especially if Cancer has visited your family before! Statistics show that men under 40 seem to be fine, but it never hurts to get it checked.
When bigger definitely isn’t better:
Normally the prostate is quite small, but with time and age it can enlarge. And you know what they say about big prostates? Decreased urine flow! (You were thinking big hands or feet weren’t you?) An enlarged prostate can force pressure on the urethra (think of a clamp on a garden hose), which can block the flow of urine. No, it is not cancer and it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer, however, mixed with other symptoms, it could signal more serious conditions.
Reduce your risk.
Your chances of developing prostate cancer have a lot to do with factors you can’t control, like age and family history (no matter how much eye cream you use or how much sex you have). The Canadian Cancer Society recommends a diet low in fat and high in vitamin C, vitamin D (no, this cannot be substituted for trips to the tanning bed), green tea, and garlic (hello Shawarma Palace).
In a nutshell, this small, usually harmless gland is a very important part of your male anatomy! Take care of it and it will take care of you.
Get it checked!
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