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It's Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; we're part of Men United, are you?
This entry was posted on 16/03/2015.
As March has arrived ever so quickly; Prostate Cancer UK has taken the UK by storm this month in aid to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. Keeping friendships alive and uniting men to become more aware of prostate cancer.
The prostate is a walnut shaped gland that is found underneath the bladder, surrounding the urethra; its main job is to produce most of the semen that carries the sperm. There are three common problems with the prostate gland:
- An enlarged prostate, which is the most common problem; this is when the prostate grows and wraps itself around the urethra causing a need to go to the toilet more often and an increase in sensitivity on the bladder.
- Prostatitis is where the prostate gland becomes infected and inflamed; in some cases it can be incredibly painful.
- Prostate cancer
Having an enlarged or inflamed prostate does not mean you have prostate cancer, which is often what it is mistaken for. It does not put you at greater risk of developing prostate cancer as the conditions begin in different parts of the prostate. However, it can be possible for a man to have both an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer at the same time. But it is usually very unlikely that a man will experience painful urinary symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer, hence the urgency for men to visit their GP!
In the UK alone, 1 in 8 men will experience prostate cancer at some point in their lives which averages out to two players in every single football team, from the Championship to Sunday League, will develop prostate cancer in the future – how scary is that thought?!
Like all cancers; when found early, treating prostate cancer becomes less severe. But it’s diagnosing the cancer which is the first hurdle.
What are the signs you should look for:
- Needing to go to the toilet more frequently, especially at night and if you need to go again quite shortly after (2 hours)
- Difficulty in beginning to urinate
- Straining or difficulty in taking a long time to finish and emptying the bladder
- Feeling like you haven’t emptied your bladder properly
- Rushing to the toilet and potentially leaking before reaching the toilet
- Incontinence “dribbling”
Visiting the GP for a prostate examination can seem embarrassing, but if you are seeing your GP for urinary symptoms, prostate problems or if you are more at risk of developing prostate cancer; because these conditions are treated differently, a quick examination with your GP is crucial so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment.
To show our support; StressNoMore have taken 10% off all prostate massagers, products and cushions for those who are undergoing or have gone through prostate cancer treatment. For our competition this week we are giving away one Gelco GSeat!
This is all you have to do to win yourself a Gelco G Seat Pressure Cushion:
- Liking and sharing our Facebook page
- Following us on Twitter and tweet @stressnomoreuk #ProstateCancerAwareness #MenUnited
- Leaving us a comment on this blog – do you have any tips on how to relieve pelvic pain?
You can do all three, giving three entries and three chances of winning!
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After submitting your entry, make sure that you click on the “I’ve tweeted”, “I’ve commented”, “I’ve visited” button, so your entry is counted.
Competition closes Monday 23rd of March at 4:00pm. The winner will notified by email, and must claim within one week. Offer open to UK residents aged 18 and over.