16 days later and my tach is taking some shape…I’m even considering not growing my beard back. At the beginning of this project I wanted to raise £100, I’m getting close to that goal with £68.00 raised so far.
As fun as it has been to cultivate the hair on my lip for the last couple of weeks, I also wanted to highlight the reason why I, along with thousands of other men and their supporters are doing this…
…to raise awarness about prostate cancer. According to the NHS.UK website, “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year”
Caught early, in many cases treatment can the survival rate increases dramatically. The problem is that men in general, regardless of their sexuality, are notoriously bad at taking care of their health, particularly when it comes with dealing with symptoms such as:
- · Needing to go for a pee more often
- · Pain when going for a pee or when ejaculating
- · Unable to pee right away
- · Unable to pee freely/ pee taking a long time to release
- · Feeling that the bladder is not completely empty after going for a pee
- · Disturbed sleep because of frequency in having to go for a pee
Us men will just blame it on getting older, ignore it and hope if we keep our legs crossed long enough it will all go away. These actions should be ignored for two very good reasons:
1) For every night to be a peaceful one, without waking up every hour needing to go for a pee. All men’s prostates will swell up and cause bladder problems, but their is medication that will help alleviate those incontinent problems. so why live in misery, if you have any of the above symtoms, get a check up from your GP today.
2) The second reason is ensure you getto enjoy 1) to the full. Simply put, Caught early, the survial rate from prostate cancer increases dramtically.
Another symptom includes traces of blood in either your urine or semen. Although frightening, many men still choose to ignore these symptoms, hoping that it will just pass; believe me, this is the worst thing any of us can do.
Although prostate cancer is commonly associated with men over 50, men below this age can also develop these symptoms. Regardless of age, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, book an appointment with your GP. To take any mystery or fear from what to expect, the following procedures will happen. The doctor will inspect your prostate glad for swelling by inserting a gloved finger up your rectum. The second procedure is to take a blood test.
EARLY DETECTION COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
When it comes to prostate cancer, every man is different and will be offered advice on treatments, taking into consideration the person’s age, health (men with HIV are considered to be more prone to prostate cancer), and progression of the cancer.
For more details on prostate cancer, visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org/Cancer-Help
If you would like to sponsor me and help raise funds for prostate cancer research, please visit the Movember website uk.movember.com and type in my full name, Glenn Stevens.