My Movember Men's Health Handouts!

November 6, 2013

Here are 4 handouts that I made for Lululemon's Movember fundraising campaign to raise awareness for Men's Health and Men's related cancers.

 

Have a read and if you are a male be sure not to ignore any symptoms that could be problematic down the line!

 

MOVEMBER Handout #1

 

MEN’S HEALTH – What you need to know!!

 

CANCER --> Don’t mask your symptoms! Go see your Doctor!!

- More men die from cancer versus being diagnosed with Cancer, more women are diagnosed versus those who die from Cancer!

 

Top 3 male cancer killers?

#1 – Trachea, bronchus, and lung

#2a – Colon, rectum, and anus

#2b – Prostate- Combined, they cause ~ 50% of all male cancer deaths (1)

 

- There are more deaths each year from Prostate Cancer than from Breast Cancer (2)

 

What can YOU do?!

 

- Go to your Doctor or Naturopath!

 

- Know your family history and your risk factors

 

- Support the organs of elimination to expel dangerous toxins from your body

 

- Consume a variety of dark colourful foods (high in antioxidants!

 

- Consume cancer fighting foods -->

** Cruciferous vegetables!; They provide antioxidants and also I3C (a big cancer fighter!)

Arugula, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard greens, Daikon radish, Horseradish, Kale, Land cress, Mustard greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Turnip, Watercress

 

- Try to Consume Organic and Hormone free foods!

** Stick to the “Dirty Dozen” (The foods most important to eat Organic): Apples, Strawberries/Blueberries, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Kale, Pears, Celery, Grapes, Potatoes, Cherries, Carrots, Peaches/Nectarines

 

- Consume Green and White Tea

 

- Consume foods high in Vitamin C! --> Vitamin C kills developing Cancer cells

 

MOVEMBER Handout #2

 

THE PROSTATE

 

What is the normal size?

–        Chestnut or walnut size                                          

What should it feel like?

–        Smooth, heart-shaped, firm (like tip of nose)

 

Most common Prostate pathologies:

 

Prostatitis: Related to an infection

– Incidence = 50% of men experience it during their lifetime

 

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia:

Incidence = about 50% of men over 50, 80% of men over 80

 

Prostate Cancer:

Incidence = 123 per 100,000, 2-3 times more likely if previous family history

–        More prevalent in Tobacco users and those with High saturated fat diet and African Americans

 

Prostate Symptoms to watch out for:

-          None!!!, Nocturia (waking from sleep to urinate), Erectile dysfunction, Blood in urine, Problems with starting, stopping,  and strength of stream,  Bone pain

 

What is PSA and why is it measured?:

Allows sperm to achieve max mobility, only found in prostate & seminal fluid and minimally in blood.

Normal  levels < 4.0

 

What Can You Do??...... SEE YOUR DOCTOR OR NATUROPATH!!!

 

Prevention & Lifestyle:

-           Cruciferous vegetables --> more than 500 g/day ß risk by 50%

-          Indol-3-Carbinol (I3C) --> Prevents initiation and progression of Prostate Cancer-          Tomato or lycopene -->  19 mg/day ßrisk 35%

-          Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid --> decreases inflammation and cell regeneration-          Green tea (EGCG) --> inhibits initiation of prostate cancer and  inflammation

-          D3 --> decreases cancer risk

 

MOVEMBER Handout #3

 

Colon Cancer

- Worldwide 655,000 deaths/year

- #2 cancer deaths in western world, #3 cancer in entire world

 

From 1997-2006; men’s rates decreased about 1.7% per year --> reflects better screening and treatment improvements……BUT:

Men still had more deaths (22 males vs 14 females per 100,000)

 

Symptoms to watch out for!:

Change in bowel habits

Change in stool

Weight loss

Fatigue

Anemia

Hemorrhoids

 

What are the Risk Factors?:

Age: 60s -70s

History of Polyps

History of Cancer: Family History of colorectal Cancer AND Female History of ovarian, uterine or breast cancer

Smoking --> Female – increased risk by 40%, Male – increased risk by 30%

Hereditary familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) = 100% risk by 40 years old!

Diet: high in red meat and low in fruit, vegetables, fish, poultry & LOW FIBER!

Physical Inactivity

Virus --> HPV and History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

What YOU can do!

- DIET DIET DIET! Treat your body like the vessel it is! Eat low fat, high fibre, vegetable rich meals

- Avoid Red, cured and smoked meats!

- Eat foods that are high in glutamine that help heal the gut lining

Cruciferous Vegetables: Arugula, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts ,Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard greens, Horseradish, Kale, Mustard greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Turnip, Watercress

 

- Protect your natural gut flora with a good Probiotic

- Be attentive to your bowel movements – actually look at them and take note of any changes- Stop smoking!

- Go see your Naturopath or MD if you have any abnormal or peculiar symptoms!

 

MOVEMBER Handout #4

 

Testicular Cancer

 

What is the normal size, shape, and texture?

– Large olive size and shape (4-5 cm in length, 10-15g in weight)

– Firm, smooth, rubbery but not hard

– Tender but not painful to palpateShould they be symmetrical?

– Left scrotum usually hangs lower

– Right testicle is generally a bit larger

 

What is the incidence of testicular cancer?

– Doubled worldwide since 1960s

– Highest incidence in 20-39 year olds in Canada [StatsCan, 2009]

– Comprises 5% of all Genitourinary cancers

 

Risks?

– 1:250 men (0.4%) --> Peak incidence: infancy, 15-35 years old, 60+ years old

– > 90% cure rate if no metastasis

– More common in Caucasians --> Highest: Scandinavia, Germany, NZ

– Higher risk if history of cryptorchism (2-2.5x) or trisomy 21

 

Signs & Symptoms:

– Scrotal swelling

- pain in testicle

- Mass

- Loss of sexual activity

– Sexual withdrawal

- Dull ache in abdomen or groin

- Back pain

 

BE PROACTIVE!!! --> See your Doctor if anything seems abnormal!

 

--> Do Self-Testicular exam (Monthly!!)

– Best done in or after a warm shower since scrotum will be relaxed and testes descended

– Place thumb on top and index and middle fingers on the underside of scrotum

– Gently roll and palpate each testicle

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