So in light of this news I’ve decided to dedicate this post to my “AWESOME-STRONG-FUNNY LIL JOKER” cousin and share awareness of a disease not common and/ spoken often of amongst the Polynesian community.
I recently watched Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” episode dedicated to this disease – right at the end the actor addresses the audience…
Did you know that PROSTATE CANCER is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in America? Early detection can increase your chance of survival. The Centre for disease control and prevention recommends that ALL men get tested annually. African American men and OTHER men who have a family history of the disease should be tested as early as 40; all other men should be tested annually beginning at age 50. PROSTATE CANCER is NO joke – so get tested YOUR LIFE DEPENDS on it.
So tell me why a young man as young as 17 is now on his first week of chemotherapy? As I sit here putting this post together, the tears are rolling as I am trying to push away the “worst outcome” thoughts… Where to start…
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer can be a completely silent disease, especially in its early stages. It can grow slowly for years without causing any noticeable signs or symptoms. Sometimes, however, there are important warning signs that something is wrong with the prostate.
What Are the Most Common Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer?
Because of the prostate's location in the body (located just below the bladder in the lower pelvis), urinary symptoms are common warning signs that something is wrong with the prostate.
Urinary warning signs that something could be wrong with the prostate include:
ü Frequency - urinating much more often than normal.
ü Urgency - having a sensation that you need to urinate immediately.
ü Nocturia - getting up to urinate multiple times during the night.
ü Hesitancy - difficulty starting the urine stream.
What Are Other Less Common Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer?
The urinary problems discussed above are among the most common experienced by men with prostate cancer. However, they are not the only ones. Other less common warning signs include:
ü Blood in the urine.
ü Blood in the semen.
ü New-onset erectile dysfunction (impotence).
ü Bone pain (especially in the lower back, hips, or ribs).
ü Loss of bladder control.
When Should You Go to See Your Doctor?
The answer to this question is simple. Visit your physician and explain your situation whenever you first begin to experience any of these symptoms.
The warning signs listed above are almost always abnormal and all need to be evaluated by a physician. This is especially true if these warning signs appear suddenly. Very simple examinations and laboratory tests can be put to use by your doctor to determine whether or not your symptoms are due to prostate cancer, another serious disease, or a less dangerous condition.
I pray for my cousins’ speedy recovery and hope with this detection it is under control… You take for granted the annual reminders for Cancer research until it hits closer to home. I am grateful for the many organisations that regularly spread awareness of this silent, deadly illness… In particular MOVEMBER…
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.
So there you have it… I encourage all my BROTHERS, COUSINS, COLLEAGUES, MALE FRIENDS – ALL MALES in general… DON’T WAIT TIL YOU ARE 40 years old…Be safe, get TESTED – YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.
***Dedicated to YOU!!!
Love you cuzzybro!
Love you cuzzybro!