Health Fact Corner from the Saint James Health Ministry:
Crystal Richburg Oliver, Ministry Leader

2017 June Did you Know Corner


June 2017, Did you Know Corner
Did you know that prostate cancer is a disease that only affects men?
The Prostate is actually a male reproductive organ that surrounds the urethra,
(internal tube that carries urine).  It is located just below the bladder and/or in front of the rectum.
Did you know that, that awkward rectal exam, performed with a lubricated glove is done to feel if the prostate gland is hard and/or lumpy?
This simple yet awkward examination should be done at your yearly visit with your primary care physician, once you turn 50 and every 4 years thereafter, if there is no history of cancer.  It may contribute to a healthier you!
Did you know that African American males and Black Caribbeans are more likely to develop prostate cancer than White or Asian men?
In the early stages of prostate cancer, there may not be any obvious signs/symptoms to notice.  But 5 indicators may make it necessary for the average screening to begin.
1.     Age 50 and Older
General good health, with no family history of cancer, age 50 is an acceptable age for the start of a prostate examination.
2.     Family history of Cancer
If there is a family history of cancer, even maternal breast cancer, being proactive, the exam should begin at the age of 40.
3.     Frequent urination
As you age, the prostate gland naturally gets bigger.  Should this cause a slowed urine stream, difficulty starting urination, an urgency and/or feeling like you still have to urinate once you’ve gone, this may leave room for concern.
4.     Pain in the pelvis area
5.     Diet high in red meats, high dairy (calcium) intake
These foods according to cancer.org increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. 
Men! Be not afraid! but Be proactive in a Healthier Longer Life!

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