What is the meaning of prostate health awareness?
It is important for all men to be prostate aware and inform their doctor if they notice any signs that they are concerned about.
Signs of prostate cancer include;
- Needing to urinate often, especially at night
- Difficulty in starting to urinate
- Straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish
- Pain when urinating or ejaculating
- Pain in the lower back, hips or pelvis
- Blood in the urine.
Most men with these signs will not have cancer but is always important to get them checked out.
Other risk factors to prostate cancer: It is known that ethnicity influences the risk of prostate cancer: black men have the highest risk of prostate cancer, then white men and Asian men have the lowest risk. Height is also associated with prostate cancer: the taller a man the higher his risk. A personal history of some types of cancer (kidney, bladder, melanoma, lung, thyroid) also increases the risk of prostate cancer as does exposure to radiation.
Prostate cancer and lifestyle factors: Lycopenes (from tomatoes and tomato based products), a diet rich in vegetables and low in red meat may lower the risk of prostate cancer, whilst diets high in calcium may increase the risk.