Health, Wellbeing and Wholeness: Prostate Cancer

Two thirds of adults don’t know where the prostate gland is!Or what it does!

March is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, so it is a timely opportunity for GoldenRoom to do an article on how this disease affects men and whether or not ethnicity and culture have a role to play.

More than 40 000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year. And more than 10 000 men die every year from prostate cancer.

In the UK, Black African and Black Caribbean men are two to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than White men.Asian men have a lower risk than White men but that is not the case for all men of Asian ethnicity. There can be significant differences between Asian groups.

Men, in general find it difficult to talk about their health and visit their GP, and in some communities this can be especially pronounced. Some men worry about going to the GP with possible prostate problems because they do not want to have an intimate examination.

Many men are worried that this will not only be embarrassing but painful, and in some cultures they may be put off from having this exam because of erroneous connotations with homosexuality. Even talking about the genitals is taboo in some cultures, and men may not have the correct words to describe what they are feeling and where.

Many working in the health industry have found that for some people, they don’t even want to mention the word cancer.

Unlike breast cancer and bowel cancer, there is no mandatory screening for prostate cancer, so you or the men in your life, have to take their health into their own hands. Get all the facts and more from GOLDENROOM at:

http://goldenroom.co.uk/issue/march-2013/article/prostrate-cancer

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