The most common male cancer globally and locally, acccording to CANSA, is prostate cancer and in South Africa, more than 4000 men are diagnosed per year. (Dr Boustead - Urological and Robotic Surgeon at Netcare Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town & Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand).
According to the National Cancer Registry, South African men have a 1:19 risk for being diagnosed in their lifetime. International and local research indicates that the risk for aggressive prostate cancer is higher in black men. Researchers have yet to find a definitive reason for this, but their data suggests that diet, genes, and hormones all play a part (Journal of the National Cancer Institute).
In the UK, there are over 47,000 cases each year and despite this, most men are still unaware of the risks of prostate cancer.
Over 92% of men don’t have a clue as to what the prostate gland does
54% don’t know where the prostate is located
17% of men don’t even know that they have a prostate
To learn more about your prostate read on...
What is the Prostate?
The prostate is a tiny gland that is located in your pelvis between the penis and the bladder. It surrounds your urethra (tube that allows urine to pass out of the body) and can put pressure on it if the prostate grows larger. The gland is only found in men and enlarges as you age – typically it’s around the size of a walnut.
The main function of the prostate is to produce a white, thick fluid that, when mixed with sperm produced by the testicles, creates semen.
What is Prostate Cancer?
If cells in your prostate begin to grow in an uncontrolled manner, prostate cancer can develop. It can grow very slowly to begin with, and it can never even cause you any problems.
However, some men develop prostate cancer. This is more likely to spread meaning, treatment is required to stop the spread of the dangerous cells.
What Causes Prostate Cancer?
A single cause of prostate cancer is unknown. However, there are certain risk factors that can increase the development of the condition.
From 50, your chances of developing this cancer increases, with most prostate cancer cases developing in men between 65 and 69. This could be because, as men get older their prostate naturally enlarges. This enlargement is often due to a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
However, if you are a black man, you are more likely to get prostate cancer than men from other nationalities and at a younger age, so your risk may increase once you are over 45.
What are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?
It is estimated that in UK, 1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives .
Some of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer include:
Urgently needing the toilet
An increased need to urinate
A weak urine flow
Frequently needing the toilet during the night
Straining whilst urinating
Difficulty in starting to urinate
A feeling that your bladder is not fully empty
Blood in urine or in semen
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please do not ignore them. Experiencing these symptoms may also be the cause of a different non-cancerous condition, such as prostate enlargement, but it’s better to be safe and check with your doctor.
How is the Pelvic Floor associated with the Prostate?
Prostate Health - When performing your pelvic floor exercises, the muscle contractions help to massage the prostate, helping to remove harmful toxins which can build up inside. Prostate cancer treatment can cause a variety of symptoms including urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, and erectile dysfunction. By completing pelvic floor exercises after treatment, you can help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and relieve symptoms quickly. However, it is very important to check with your GP/Specialist first.
Incontinence – By exercising your pelvic floor and improving muscle strength, you will be able to go longer between toilet breaks, and fully empty your bladder when it’s time to go!
Erection Difficulty – Pelvic floor exercises are the first-line treatment for erectile dysfunction and impotence. 6 months of pelvic floor exercises are as effective at treating erectile dysfunction as prescribed medication. Pelvic floor exercises can help you get it up and keep it up for longer; plus, stronger erections lead to stronger orgasms. It's a win-win!
If you find manual pelvic floor exercises difficult to perform, you can try exercising with an electronic pelvic exerciser/toner like V-For-Men, to target the key muscles quickly and efficiently to help you to regain control of your life.
The V-For-Men is simple to use and is a clinically proven medical device that offers real results. In just minutes a day, you’ll start to notice a difference in a matter of weeks.
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What is the Male Pelvic Floor?
Most men are not aware that they have a pelvic floor. But without it you would be unable to hold urine in your bladder or contract your bowels to prevent wind and faeces escaping, you would be unable to get an erection, and could suffer from the symptoms of prostatitis.
The pelvic floor and its functions within the body are a necessity. They help to keep a variety of pelvic health problems at bay.
Read more about: The Male Pelvic Floor.
Original Article: Kegel8 Website
Other Sources: Prostate Cancer UK