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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Prioritizing prostate health

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Improve men’s health: Serena Morley encourages men to seek help when they see changes in their bodies. photo by steve huntley

This Men’s Health Week (June 13-19), Serena Morley, a prostate cancer specialist nurse at Ichuca Regional Health, said it’s important for men to seek medical attention if they notice changes in their bodies.

“We know that men in rural areas are less likely to seek help than in metropolitan areas,” said Ms. Morley.

“Contributing factors may be because of less access to health care, negative stigma around men seeking medical help, or having other priorities in life that have taken precedence over their health.”

Ms Morley’s position as a prostate cancer specialist nurse is funded by the Ichuca Moama Biggest Blocks Luncheon two days a week and includes working in collaboration with the Biggest Blocks Luncheon, ERH and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

According to Ms. Morley, the biggest risk factors for prostate cancer are age and family history.

“The chance of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer is one in six by age 85,” she said.

“If your father or brother is also diagnosed with prostate cancer, your risk of getting prostate cancer doubles and if you have two or more close relatives with prostate cancer your risk increases fivefold.”

Starting at age 50, men can start talking to their doctor about a PSA test, while men who have an increased risk because of a family history can start discussing it as early as age 40.

A PSA test is essentially a blood test that tests for prostate cancer, enlarged prostate and other prostate related concerns.

Symptoms of prostate cancer include frequent and urgent urination, unexplained difficulty urinating, and pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs, although men are not always symptomatic, which is why Ms. Morley Said it was important to visit and arrange a GP. a test.

Ms Morley said that in cases where prostate cancer was detected and diagnosed early, 95 percent of men survive at least five years.

A spokesperson for the health promotion team said adopting general healthy habits can help reduce your chances of illness and disease.

“Getting your body moving, sleeping at least 7-8 hours a night, eating five servings of vegetables and twice a day of fruit, spending time with supportive people and taking time out through relaxing activities like listening to a podcast is definitely will benefit your overall health.”

For more information about prostate health, call 1800 22 0099 or visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia website at https://www.prostate.org.au/.

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