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Monday, November 13, 2017

Movember and Men's Health

At Texas Orthopedics, we focus on orthopedic and sports-related issues affecting men and women. But in November, we hear a lot about 'Movember' and men's medical conditions like prostate and testicular cancer, depression and suicide prevention.

And we see a lot more facial hair in the process because some men mark this month by growing outlandish mustaches to show their support or by raising funds through locally organized walks, runs, and other events.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer striking men today, following skin cancer. Here are a few things you should know about it:
  • It's prevalent in older men over the age of 50.
  • About one in seven men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.
  • It is highly treatable if discovered early.
Like prostate cancer, testicular cancer responds very well to treatment if caught early. It is found more in younger and middler-aged men with the average age of diagnosis being 33.

Visit the American Cancer Society for the risk factors and symptoms of each.

Along with cancer, other health issues men face that could have serious consequences--even prove fatal--if not treated properly include heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and COPD which affects the lungs.

Men, listen up--to ensure that you are at your very best:
  • Schedule regular exams, and have a conversation with your physician about a PSA test (for prostate cancer) and other important screenings suited to your health history.
  • Know your body: every inch, wrinkle, crease, fold, bump, bulge, and bruise. Get checked out immediately if something ever feels or looks abnormal or has difficulty healing.
  • Move more. Stay fit and active, maintain a healthy body weight, and eat well.
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(Courtesy of the Movember Foundation)

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