CPS calls on men to attend Lions Club lecture on prostate cancer

The Collective Preventive Services (CPS) of Sector Public Health, Social Development & Labour (VSA), as part of its awareness efforts of men’s health, is appealing to men not to ignore symptoms of poor health and put off seeing their general physician. 

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CPS adds that it is important for men to take their health seriously and to notice physical changes.

CPS is encouraging men to attend the Lions Club lecture, "Your prostate and its management: big, benign or malignant," that will take place on Wednesday, June 23 at the Belair Community Center in Cay Hill at 7.00pm.

Curacao-based urologist Dr. Jurjen Bade will be speaking about symptoms, prevention and treatment.

There are positive steps that men can take to improve their health, like eating more fruit and vegetables and walking instead of driving wherever possible.

Risk factors and health issues for boys and men are often different to those for girls and women. They also change across the life course.

Young males aged 15-24 years are confronted with transport accidents and suicide; alcohol and illicit drug use are also major contributors to the burden of disease in this age group. With increasingly early ages of first sexual encounter, sexual health issues affecting this age group include contraception, sexually transmitted infections and sexual identity.

For working age males aged 25-64 years, the leading cause in men of working age can be linked to behavioural risk factors such as excessive drinking, smoking, risky driving and risky leisure activities, eating less healthy foods/snacks, and making less use of medical services.

Older males aged 64 and over, higher proportions of male deaths in this age group are from heart disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer.

Prostate cancer is also significantly more prevalent in older men.

It is recommended for men to eat healthy, get sufficient physical exercise, and have annual check-ups which will be determined by the respective age group. Establish an open relationship with your physician and ask questions. You and your physician are partners for the betterment of your health.