Raising Male Cancer Awareness
Last week I was a guest for at the OneForTheBoys charity event. This event took place in the natural history museum in London. After the event and listening to what this charity wants to achieve it seemed right that MenStyleFashion does its part in getting the message across to our readers. Here I would like to share some helpful advice about men and cancer.
Now I work with a lot of men and I am confident to say that most men don’t like to share much when it comes to health problems. They simply are embarrassed or in most cases choose to ignore the reality of what is happening to their body. By ignoring the problems diseases like cancer have time to develop, with chances of a successful cure diminishing. Why is it that men choose to ignore health problems? What is it about men who in 2014 are still too embarrassed to go to the doctor when it comes to problems with their balls?
Grow Some Balls
Gentlemen trust me that penis of yours let alone your balls is nothing that no doctor can’t handle, they have seen it all before. Even if it means you have to literally have someone holding your hand when going to the doctor, then for goodness sake don’t ignore the symptoms. GO TO THE DOCTOR.
Men if you think you can’t get cancer then you need to seriously take a reality pill. Life can throw many things at you and cancer is just one of them. Now there are many forms of cancer for men but the most common one is prostate cancer. In 2014, about 233,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S., and about 12% will die of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is a major health concern for American men. The disease is rare before age 50, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it. African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer and have the highest death rate. In other parts of the world — notably Asia, Africa, and Latin America — prostate cancer is rare.
Prostate cancer is usually a very slow-growing cancer, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Most men with prostate cancer die of other causes, and many never know that they have the disease. But once prostate cancer begins to grow quickly or spreads outside the prostate, it is dangerous. Prostate cancer in its early stages (when it’s only found in the prostate gland) can be treated with very good chances for survival.
Fortunately, about 85% of American men with prostate cancer are diagnosed in an early stage of the disease. Cancer that has spread beyond the prostate (such as to the bones, lymph nodes, and lungs) is not curable, but it may be controlled for many years. Because of the many advances in available treatments, most men whose prostate cancer becomes widespread can expect to live five years or more. Some men with advanced prostate cancer live a normal life and die of another cause, such as heart disease.
Prostate Cancer treatments
Prostate cancer treatments have evolved significantly in recent years. Surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy are the main treatment options available. Surgery involves removing the entire prostate gland and nearby lymph nodes. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells or shrink tumours.
Hormone therapy aims to lower the levels of male hormones, which can fuel the growth of prostate cancer cells. Abiraterone acetate is a medication that lowers the production of testosterone. It is an expensive drug and there are Abiraterone copay programs to help out with the cost.
Chemotherapy involves using drugs to kill cancer cells throughout the body. In some cases, a combination of these treatments may be recommended, depending on the stage and aggressiveness of the cancer.
Testicular Cancer is another type of cancer that is part of the male genitals and therefore tends to be ignored. In the United States, between 7,500 and 8,000 diagnoses of testicular cancer are made each year. It is the most common cancer in males aged 20–39 years, the period of peak incidence, and is rarely seen before the age of 15 years. If the cancer has not spread outside the testicle, the 5-year survival is 99% while if it has grown into nearby structures or has spread to nearby lymph nodes, the rate is 96% and if it has spread to organs or lymph nodes away from the testicles, the 5-year survival is around 74%.
Don’t Be Selfish We Need Your Balls
I want to encourage you that you are not alone in this journey and you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to look after your balls. I’ve had people die before my very eyes having cancer and it’s a slow cruel death. The harsh reality is that it is too late when you are on your deathbed. As for a dying person, a lot of them have said to me: “Why did I choose to ignore the signs”. What was it that bought me to an early death? Sometimes it is simply the FEAR of seeking help.
Guys grow some balls and get yourself checked out. No one knows your body as well as you do. You know when you’re not feeling well or are having pains. When it comes to your balls, if its not functioning to its full potential then you can be in serious trouble.
Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson is chairman for OneForTheBoys and listen to what he has to say.
I leave you with images of the charity event that raised money for OneForTheBoys and thereby raising male cancer awareness.
Please leave your comments of encouragement for all our readers about why it’s important not to ignore the symptoms. You’re most welcome to share your own personal experiences about men and cancer. Also, share this article with your loved ones.