Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Prostate Cancer, Diet and Movember

English: MOUSTACHE by yana segal
English: MOUSTACHE by yana segal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Did you know that women are more likely than men to report any health concerns? UK research in 2010 looked at links between how healthy people thought they were, and their death rate.

They found women were more likely than men to say they were in poor health, but less likely to die over the following 5 years. Men's 'stiff upper lip' or even a general lack of awareness when it comes to health concerns has worried doctors and health campaigners for years.


I have a theory, while us women do like a little moan, and we can worry easily, we are also good at talking about our feelings and emotions. Women are also more likely to come into contact with health professionals due to regular contraceptive prescriptions and three yearly smears. Men do not have these opportunities to talk to a health professional on a regular basis. This is where Movember comes in.

What Is Movember?

Movember's mission is to have an "everlasting impact on men's health". Movember was started in 2004 and was devised to draw attention and greater awareness of men's health by creating a fund raising event that encourages men to grow moustaches. They focus on discussions about men's health in general for a greater understanding and awareness,  and encourage men to take action to remain well and get treatment if they become unwell. 

Movember focuses on three main areas :-

Living with Cancer 
Staying Mentally Well 
and
Research Into Men's Health

One of the areas of cancer they focus on in particular is prostate and testicular cancer. Did you know that 1 in 8 men in the UK will get prostrate cancer at some point in their lives and that rises to 1 in 4 black men? Not a pretty statistic is it?

How Men Can Reduce The Risk Of Prostate Cancer

The benefits of a diet high in fruit and vegetables in widely known, but it is particularly of benefit in the prevention of cancer.



There are also specific foods that may help lower the risk of prostate cancer.

Foods such as green tea, tomatoes, broccoli and soy are all being studied to see if they help prevent cancer.


A study, earlier this year by Professor Robert Thomas of Addenbrooks hospital, involving 203 men with prostate cancer, showed that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels of those who took a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli were 63% lower than those who did not.

The PSA is a level of the protein produced by the prostate gland which is an indicator of prostate cancer. These groundbreaking findings were presented at a cancer conference in Chicago, after a six month trial. This food supplement Pomi-T which is a completely natural supplement is now available to buy online. 


Although not a substitution for a healthy diet, I would think this is a useful addition to your food intake if you are concerned about your consumption of fruit and vegetables as well as for those men who are at risk of or who have prostate cancer.




green tea, pomegranate, broccoli and turmeric 'superfoods' in the fight with prostate cancer

Of course it's also important that men do report any concerns that they have to their G.P. The benefits of exercise in maintainin
g a healthy weight are also widely known and are of benefit to prevent cancer.

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26 comments

  1. Movember is a great way to raise awareness especially with men they all to often dont say anything is wrong till its too late, im living proof that early detection saves lives so blokes dont be shy.. if your worried see your gp.

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    1. Thanks Sue it certainly is ! Glad everything is ok with you, as you say early detection saves lives.

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  2. Chris grew his Mo last year and I think is doing it again, but then turned round and said he would probably not go, too busy blah blah. Men are really bad at getting checked up, not all but a lot.

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    1. It doesn't take much effort to grow a moustache :). Yes men are really bad at getting checked out, anything to raise awareness is great.

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  3. My husbands grandfather, who I was very close to died of Prostate cancer not so long ago. This is a great post Mellissa! something everyone should read. I shall share as much as I can

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    1. I am very sorry to hear this Erika, I appreciate you posting at this sad time. Thank you for sharing x

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  4. Fab post and such a great awareness tool too, so many people I know talk about Movember x

    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. Thank you, anything to raise awareness is great.

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  5. not something us blokes like to think about really but well worth getting checked out :)

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  6. I love Movember men with moustaches and a great way to raise awareness :)
    (www.jadesjourneyoflife.blogspot.co.uk)

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  7. Great post Mel, it's really good to raise awareness about prostate cancer as I think men don't always get cancer detected early enough, my grandad died of it 11 years, unfortnately he had a late diagnosis and went downhill very quickly, so anything that helps men go to the doctor earlier is good news :) x

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that. If Movember raises awareness so that it saves just one life then it is worth it.

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  8. My grandad has prostate cancer and the diagnosis was late, so the outlook is not looking good. He is in a lot of pain and I just wish it had been picked up sooner.

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  9. What a great and worthwhile post. I really agree with you - men have far less opportunities to go to the Doctors than we do. Plus they don't believe anything works - you just have to talk to my other half to know this! Movember is something I always support x

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    1. Thanks for your comment Victoria and I'm glad you support it too.

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  10. I think I last went to the Doctor over 20 years ago. This Movember I will do 2 things, change my diet to be more prostate friendly and also see if I can book into the Doctor for a checkup.

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    1. If you are worried at all it's best to get a check up.

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  11. great blog post Mellissa very informative and interesting will certainly make me think more

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    1. I am glad it will make you think more Billy.

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  12. A really important post to have written, hope it helps men (or their wives) to watch out for tell-tale signs and help themselves to prevent it.

    Nipping over from blogsRus share thread.

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  13. Fantastic read. I hope more men visit their doctors. I am amazed at the test results of Pomi-T, a natural based product appearing to reduce the cancer. I really hope this helps the future for all cancers and more funding will be available in the future.

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