Movember is an annual campaign involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer. Abarca goes “all in” to offer men and their families greater clarity on when to get tested, and empowering them with the information to make life-saving choices.
Prostate cancer (PC) occurs from mutations in genes in the prostate and is the 2nd most common type of cancer in men in the country. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with the disease, but did you know that PC is 99% treatable if detected early? Prevention and early detection can be a game-changer.
Knowing your risks is more than half the battle. Risk factors for PC include family history, genetic factors, race, lifestyle, and dietary habits. Take PCF’s quiz to find out when you should start talking to your doctor about screening.
It is essential to keep in mind that cancer is estimated to be 42% preventable with certain lifestyle changes. Download your free copy of “Living Well, Beyond Prostate Cancer” as provided by the PCF. This invaluable resource includes everyday changes you can make to keep your body safe from the kinds of cell damage that are related to all forms of cancer.
On the other hand, testicular cancer (TC) is generally rare but is the most common cancer found in males ages 15 to 34. It’s also one of the easiest cancers to cure. About 95% of those survive more than five years after it’s found.
Unfortunately, many men with TC have no known risk factors, and those that are known can not be changed. For these reasons, it’s not possible to prevent most cases of TC. Risk factors for testicular cancer include an undescended testicle, family history, HIV infection, carcinoma in situ of the testicle, race, and body size.
Get an appointment with your doctor if you feel anything new, abnormal, or painful in that area. With a proper exam, your doctor can provide various tests to get to the bottom of what it is you’re feeling. Read more on the signs and symptoms of TC, as well as treatment options available as provided by the American Cancer Society.
As part of our mission in finding a better way in healthcare, Abarca takes action this Movember by bringing awareness to Prostate and Testicular Cancers through education and critical information on screening and prevention that can ultimately save lives. Know your risks and spread the word.