Ok Guys Over 40…Here’s What’s Up!
If you are 40 years old or over you need to get a basic screening exam for prostate cancer…period! End of discussion! Especially if you have any family history like older brother, uncle or father like I do. My older brother had prostate cancer at the age of 55 and my father had it at 67…my brother is 72 now and cancer free and my father lived until 89 cancer free. I’m 58 and am going to be tested next week. It’s been 10 years since my last exam and I’ve been putting it off even though I’ve had some symptoms for a few years not to mention a very high family history probability…I know, I’m an idiot…don’t you be ok?
Oh and ladies…if your guy is over 40 (and why wouldn’t he be?? Everyone knows Boomer men rock!) please nudge, whine, cut him off, do whatever it takes to have him get checked! You gals owe a big debt to Susan G. Koman and her sister Nancy Brinker for turning every October pink…us guys don’t have similar awareness of this very deadly form of cancer unique to men but did you know…
According to estimates from the National Institutes of Health, in the United States in 2010, 207,090 women and 1,970 men will get new cases of breast cancer, while 39,840 women and 390 men will likely die from the disease. The estimated new cases of prostate cancer this year — all affecting men — is 217,730, while it is predicted 32,050 will die from the disease.
Read the complete article here. I just did and never knew that September was prostate cancer awareness month and the color is blue! (sick joke huh….get it? Blue b#lls? LOL). Now to any haters out there that think I’m being a bit too lighthearted about this subject I’m hear to tell you I’m not at all. This is a very serious issue for all men. It’s just never really spoken about so I’m putting it out here in a lighthearted way because most men are wimps as compared to women on these types of health issues and don’t openly discuss them…that needs to change. There have been some major advances in treatment options in the past decade. So just because your dad had it and had a difficult treatment doesn’t mean it’s going to be that way for you if you get it.
Check out these two websites that detail some of the fantastic work being done now:
Ok, now if you want to help spread the good word please like this post and forward it to any guys you know over 40…it could save their life!
Until next time….