This November is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Is it time for you or your loved ones to book in for a check-up?
Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers – this year alone, an estimated 18,138 men will be diagnosed. Early detection is essential and saves lives. Men over age 50 – or over 40 if you have a family history of prostate cancer – should talk to their doctor about testing as part of your annual health check-up.
Are you at risk?
How old are you?
The chance of developing prostate cancer increases significantly with age. The risk of getting prostate cancer by the age of 75 is one in seven men.
Do you have a family history of prostate cancer?
If you have a first-degree male relative with this disease, you have a higher chance of developing it, than those without this history. If your brother or father were diagnosed when they were young, be sure to book in regular check-ups, no matter your age.
What’s your diet like?
Some medical experts point to evidence which suggests large amounts of processed meat or high-fat foods may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
The good news
Prostate cancer is generally a slow-growing disease and if caught early enough, steps can be taken to ensure a long and healthy life.
So what are you waiting for?
Book in for your check-up at the MLC Medical Centre (Level 10) today.