“Grow a Mo, save a Bro”

That’s what we’re doing during the month of November here at the Friendlies Pharmacies.

The mission of The Movember Foundation is to stop men dying too young. Whilst mens’ health incorporates many different aspects, we will be talking about Prostate and testicular cancer on this occasion.

As with anything else, if prostate cancer is detected early, survival rates can be better than 98%, but if detected late, they can be as low as 26%. Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Men who are of African or Caribbean descent, and men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.

If prostate cancer is detected early, survival rates can be better than 98%

Some signs and symptoms are:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Testicular cancer is the second most common cancer affecting men aged 18 to 39.

Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history, like a father or brother who has had testicular cancer, are at an increased risk. And if you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also a heightened risk it could return.

So, if you have any health queries, please make sure you see your doctor as soon as is possible, as early diagnosis could save your life.

The Friendlies pharmacies will be doing their part and growing a Mo (attempting). Please support us by visiting our Facebook page and donating.

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