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Movember: All About Men’s Health

Movember is all about men’s health and it’s a sad fact but, across the world, men die an average six years younger than women. The worst part is that it’s for reasons that are largely preventable. That means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives. Whether you’re a man yourself, or a friend, spouse, partner or family member, we can all play a role in men’s health. Whether physical, mental or emotional, there’s some form of support we can give.

How?

The Top Five Things You Need To Know and Do Regarding Men’s Health

Spend time with people who make you feel good.

Stay connected. Your friends are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time. When you spend time with people who make you feel good, you’ll find that it can really influence your mood. It also offers vital support to you when you need someone to rely on.

Talk, more.

You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be lifesaving. This is true for everyone, not just men.

70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial. It’s important to be able to speak to others about things that cause you stress, anxiety, or depression.

As a friend, partner, spouse or family member, you also have an important part to play. You need to be open and available to talk to the men in your life who need some support. It’s important to understand that it can be very difficult for men to open up about issues such as these. Why? Because we live in a society that says a man who talks about his problems is ‘weak’. The opposite is true. Men who have the courage to open up about their issues are taking a great leap of faith. We need to be there to catch them if they put that trust in us.

We need to talk, and we need to listen.

Know the numbers.

At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.

You can also read our posts about Testicular Cancer and Prostate Cancer, and what you need to know.

Know thy nuts.

Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right. You can read our post about testicular cancer to learn more.

Move, more.

Add more activity to your day. Do more of what make you feel good. There are a great variety of activities that can improve your health and your mood:

  • Take a walking meeting
  • Park further away from the station
  • Get off the bus a stop or two earlier
  • Instead of the lift, take the stairs
  • Cycle to work instead of driving

Make a Stand for Men’s Health this Movember

We care a lot about the men in our lives here at Organies Genoeg. Our male guests are welcome to join us during this month for a wonderful Ozone Steam Sauna Session – we even have discounts on all our services for the month! Our Ozone Steam Sauna (HOCATT) has a lot of health benefits, and we would love to share them with you.

It can seem like a small thing, but it can make a big impact. Show your support for Movember this month, and the men in your life.

Contact info@organiesgenoeg.co.za or call us to book your session today.

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Prostate Cancer: Know the Facts

Did you know that Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in South African Men? The sad part is that it is often left too late because of the stigmas that surround cancer in men. The fact is, early detection is absolute key when dealing with it. Early detection can sometimes quite literally be the difference between life and death.

If it is detected early, there is a 98% chance of survival past 5 years. That’s some really good odds! However, if it’s detected late, that chance drops to below 26%. So when we say that early detection is key, we are not joking around!

Who is at Risk for Prostate Cancer?

Your risk of developing this type of cancer increases with age. However, by no means does it only affect 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 you’re 50, you should be talking to your doctor about PSA testing. If you’re of African or Caribbean descent, you need to start that conversation at 45. And if you have a brother or father with prostate cancer in their history, do it at 45 as well.

What is a PSA Test?

It’s a simple routine blood test.

It’s used to determine the measurement of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) concentration in the blood, it is the primary method of testing for prostate cancer. You should be talking to your doctor about whether testing is right for you.

The Facts about Prostate Cancer

Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.

It occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumor. This type of cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. These prostate cancer cells, if left untreated, may spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumors in a process known as metastasis.

Not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.

Some men, however, will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer.

Signs and symptoms

  • 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
  • Treating prostate cancer
  • Treatment options are many and varied. Testing still can’t answer lots of key questions about disease aggression, prognosis and progression.

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important to keep in mind that many are slow growing and may not need surgery or other radical treatment.

Treatment Options

Treatment options include:

  • Active Surveillance
  • Prostatectomy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Choosing a treatment for prostate cancer
  • Aim to be ok with the treatment decision you make, take risks and benefits into consideration.

Learn what you can, make use of the quality services and resources available. When making treatment decisions the following is recommended:

Decide after a treatment recommendation, but only after getting several different opinions. It’s important to speak to urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologist, nursing and allied health.

Seek a second opinion for a recommended treatment option that is right for you, from both a urologist as well as a radiation oncologist.

Enquire as to whether a specialist is part of a quality improvement audit, such as a registry. Utilize the cancer support services available in your country to increase your levels of information and understanding around treatment options, and potential side effects.

Ongoing side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Depending on the treatment you undergo, you may experience some of the following:

  • Incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine)
  • Erectile dysfunction (difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection)
  • Weight gain due to hormone therapy
  • Depression
  • These side effects have different durations for different people.

Because a side effect of treatment may include erectile dysfunction, it can have a serious impact on intimate relationships. As many people who have been through the journey will tell you, it isn’t just a man’s disease, it’s a couple’s disease. Make sure you involve your partner as you think through the various treatment options.

Spending time in our therapeutic Ozone Steam Sauna can help cope with symptoms of prostate cancer. Join us this Movember!

Contact us on info@organiesgenoeg.co.za or call us to book your session today.

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What is Movember About?

It’s Movember again, and soon men of all ages are going to start showing off their moustaches for a good cause. But despite the amount of people who participate in Movember, very few really understand what the hairy month is all about. So why do men, and even some women, around the world participate in Movember? What is Movember about, really?

Here’s the thing: just like there can be a lot of stigma around certain elements of women’s health, there is also a lot of stigma about men’s health. Specifically, testicular, prostate and mental health. Men are supposed to be tough, and they musn’t talk about their issues. And that’s the problem. Our father’s, brothers, friends and partners are facing a health crisis that they feel they can’t talk about. Sadly, this results in deaths that happen way too young. Silence is not an option anymore.

Movember Takes Action

Movember is more than just a month; it’s actually a charity that works with many different charities to improve men’s health. They aren’t just a charity, but the leading one. They tackle prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. Over the last 16+ years, they’ve funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects globally.

The organization vows to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030. They also accept donations, and report on every initiative they have, or support. That way you can see exactly what effect your donation is having to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives.

They started quite humbly, with only 30 moustaches. Now, they have over 5 million participants in Movember every year – making the initiative a truly global one. Every Mo Sista and Mo Bro that participates helps raise awareness of very important, and often neglected issues.

Bros and Mo Sistas can see how their support is changing the lives of men around the world. We highly recommend that you check out the Movember website, and pledge your Mo for Movember!

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Movember Rules

There are a few rules that apply to the month, for all of you who are interested in participating! Don’t worry, they’re very easy:

  • Start of with a Clean Slate

On November 1st, shave off everything. Your beard, sideburns, moustache – just a pretty, clean face ready to sprout your glorious moustache. To be a Mo Bro, the beard has got to go!

  • Let It Grow, Let It Grow

If you sang that to the tune of ‘Let it Go’, you can be forgiven. Now that you’ve shaved off everything, it’s time to start growing your moustache. There are so many options to choose from! You can grow a natural moustache, or recreate a famous look. You can even just shave off your beard, drawing attention to your moustache alone. Have fun with it! Remember, your ‘stache should draw attention. Let people ask you about it, and explain to them what Movember is all about.

  • No Beards!

We have to say it again. No beards allowed. Movember is all about the ‘stache! And no, sideburns connecting to a beard does not count. Sorry!

  • Donate

This one is completely optional, but we would definitely encourage it. You can visit the Movember Donation page to make your contribution towards this charity.

Movember and Men’s Health Awareness at Organies Genoeg

We care a lot about the men in our lives here at Organies Genoeg. Our male guests are welcome to join us during this month for a wonderful Ozone Steam Sauna Session – we even have discounts on all our services for the month! The Steam Sauna has a lot of health benefits, and we would love to share them with you.

Contact info@organiesgenoeg.co.za or call us to book your session today.