Ever wondered why men sprout moustaches during November? It's because of #Movember - a month aimed at raising awareness of male-related illnesses, openly discussing the various conditions that exist and an overall focus on men's health.
As much as focus is placed on male-related conditions, loosing a father, son or uncle to cancer can have a devastating effect on an entire family.
Dr Karlheinz Jehle states that at the age of 40, you should have an early prostate check as it monitors the risks.
There's good evidence from studies abroad, that an early check up is actually better.— Dr Karlheinz Jehle, Urologist
Men are reluctant to get tested for prostate cancer because of age and discomfort states Dr Jehle.
In terms of the aging, I think that's exactly where #Movember comes in. Men don't like to visit the doctor – there's good evidence of that as well. The actual examination is very worrying, it’s important to realize that there are two parts to prostate cancer screening.— Dr Karlheinz Jehle, Urologist
Screening involves looking for a disease that's not obvious states urologist Dr Karlheinz Jehle. If you have a symptom and feel concerned, then visit your physician says the doctor.
He goes on to state that if you want to get screened for a disease like cancer then just do it.
During a prostate cancer examination, a prostate specific blood test is taken says Dr Jehle. That, paired with a digital rectal exam, (a physical examination of the prostates) is needed as you cannot look for prostate cancer.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Everything you need to know about #Movember & Prostate Cancer