November is the month of prostate cancer awareness, also known as Movember.
The day I found out my dad had prostate cancer I was devastated. My dad said he was feeling fine but his gut feeling told him he should go get checked. His cancer was advanced, so much so he had to go into surgery immediately.
Cancer runs in my family. My dad’s father died of prostate cancer and I believe my mom’s father died of skin cancer. My dad’s younger sister was also diagnosed with cancer, thankfully she is now a breast cancer survivor.
A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.2 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer ever7 17.5 minutes.
If appropriate treatment begins while the cancer is still confined to the prostate gland, it is possible to prevent the progression of the disease. Once the cancer escapes from the prostate, treatment is still possible but is more intensive and difficult.*
Most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms, therefore a lot of men don’t get tested often and sometimes when they finally do the cancer is very advanced.
Today, my father is still battling cancer. Fortunately, given the circumstances he is in good shape. He lives in Guatemala so I only get to see him once a year. Thankfully, I am able to help him long distance by sending him his medicine =)
November is prostate cancer awareness month. Movember (a portmanteau word from moustache and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers and associated charities.*
To all the men out there GO GET TESTED. And to my father…I love you, I pray for the day that you will be cancer free.