There’s no word that puts a look of fear into someone’s eyes more than ‘cancer.’ With 145,000 cancer diagnoses and 48,000 deaths predicted to occur in 2020 alone, it is no wonder that cancer is often a taboo subject. For men, in particular, cancer has long been a sensitive issue, with many avoiding seeing a doctor until it is too late, often downplaying pain and symptoms in an effort to maintain their masculine identity. One particular form of cancer that has men crossing their legs in discomfort is prostate cancer, cancer that is unique to men, sometimes difficult to detect, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland located below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The main function is to help produce semen. Like so many forms of cancer, prostate cancer develop when the cells in the prostate multiply at an abnormally rapid rate, forming a tumor.
To make things even trickier, men may experience some of the following symptoms, or alternatively, none at all.
- A need to urinate frequently, more often at night
- Difficulty holding back urine
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine, and pain when urinating
- Difficulty in having an erection or painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
There are a number of risk factors for prostate cancer, including age, lifestyle, obesity, and diet, but by far the biggest risk factor for men is having a family history of the disease. A risk factor does not mean that you will develop the disease, but it should highlight the importance of taking as many preventative measures as necessary to avoid prostate cancer.
The Genetic Predisposition Test from Easy DNA Australia screens for your predisposition to prostate cancer, and 34 other diseases and conditions. This test analyses your unique DNA profile to see if it contains the key markers associated with the development of prostate cancer.
Easy DNA tests provide the starting point for you to take charge of your health, and the Genetic Predisposition Test provides crucial information about your genetic susceptibility to this killer disease. There is no time like right now to start taking control of your health, and it’s as simple as a basic oral swab.
You will receive your results in a timely manner, but while you wait, remember that it’s November, or more correctly, Movember! The Movember campaign is the leading charity for men’s health in Australia, providing information, fundraising, and public awareness about men’s mental health issues, testicular, and prostate cancer. Movember was born where many great ideas were hatched; at the pub, wherein 2003, two mates decided to revive the greatest of all 70’s fashion statements, the mustache, and combine this challenge with a fundraiser for prostate cancer. 17 years later, and Movember has seen thousands of hairy upper lips, innovations in cancer research, and more open conversations about men’s health issues.
So what are you waiting for? Start growing a ‘mo’, raise some money for men’s health research, and take charge of your own health with a DNA test from Easy DNA Australia.