Do you even know where your prostate is or what it does?
Let’s face it – it’s not something we think about until we have to!
The prostate is a ping-pong ball-sized gland near a bloke’s bladder, and is part of the male reproductive system.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in NZ men. It mainly affects men over 50yrs of age, and kills more than 600 Kiwi blokes every year. That’s a lot of husbands, sons and fathers.
Treatment works best when you find the cancer early, but early prostate cancer often has no symptoms. The trick is to know yourself and what is normal, and be quick to check out what is not. For example, if you have problems peeing (e.g. dribbling, going a lot, or having trouble getting started) it may not be prostate cancer, but it just might... so man up, Mister, and go and see your doctor!
Talk about your prostate cancer risk and the ways your doctor can check your prostate gland. Don’t be shy – seen one, seen ‘em all and that’s what they are there for.
- Know what is normal when it comes to your plumbing.
- Most cases DO NOT present with any symptoms so have this discussion with your doctor or health professional as part of your yearly warrant of fitness
- If you notice something that’s different and it lasts for more than two weeks, see your doctor or health professional.
- Man up! Yes it’s special to you, we understand that – that’s why you need to keep it well primed!