PROSTATE HEALTH MONTH
September is dedicated to raising awareness about prostate health and cancer. All month long, Prostate Health Month (also known as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month) strives to bring education, information, support, and awareness to the second-leading cancer among men.
Like most health concerns, a healthy lifestyle is the first step toward prevention. Prostate health is no different. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, controlled portions, and regular exercise all contribute to improving and maintaining prostate health.
Another important part of prostate health includes knowing health risks and family history. Both help in the early detection of prostate cancer. Maintaining routine exams is another important part of the process. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test screens for prostate cancer. A digital rectal exam is also part of the screening process.
While most prostate cancers are slow-growing, not all are. Early detections will increase the success of treatment.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ProstateHealthMonth
Talk to your loved ones about regular check-ups and prostate health. Some of the topics to discuss include:
- Family history – Learn it and share it with those who will benefit from it.
- Routine reminders – Schedule a routine physical with your primary care physician.
- Support research – Research provides the tools doctors need. It includes prevention, screening methods, treatments, and cures.
- Share survivor stories – If you’re a survivor of prostate cancer, share your experience. Hearing your story may lead someone to their doctor and save a life.
- Visit the Centers For Disease Control to learn more.
Use #ProstateHealthMonth to promote greater awareness on social mida.
PROSTATE HEALTH MONTH HISTORY
In 2001, President George W. Bush proclaimed National Prostate Cancer Awareness month to be observed in September.