year in November, the country is suddenly invaded by unshaven,
moustache-spotting males. All this is part of the Movember campaign, where men
raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
are encouraged grow their moustache during the month of November, as their way
of showing support for this initiative. They help raise awareness for the often
ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever they go and
taking part in fund-raising activities.
year, NHC Health Centres will also be supporting the Movember campaign. During
the month of November, men sporting moustaches can go to any of the NHC Centres
(Bryanston, Honeydew and Northcliff) and get a free prostate screening” says Mr
Hermann Kohloffel at NHC Health Centres (note to editors: please refer to
company as indicated).
does prostate cancer occur?
Prostate cancer occurs when some of the
cells of the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than in a normal prostate,
causing a tumour. If left untreated, these cells may spread to other parts of
the body, especially the bones and lymph nodes.
when the cells have spread to other parts of the body, it is still treated as
prostate cancer, as it is the primary source of cancer.
of prostate cancer
According to the Cancer Association of
South Africa, one in four men may be affected by Prostate cancer in their
the PSA test process works:
On the 21st and 28th of November, men, over
50 years old, who have grown their moustache in support of the campaign, can
get a free Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) blood test at the NHC Health
Dr Rains: “The PSA test involves drawing blood, usually from the arm. The blood
is then sent to the lab and most often results come back within 1 or 2 days. The PSA blood test looks in the blood
for the presence of a protein that is produced specifically by prostate cells
called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). Rising levels of PSA in the blood
indicate a problem with the prostate, which could be cancer but could also be
an enlarged prostate (BPH) or infection (prostatitis)”.
doctor at the NHC Health Centre will then go through your PSA test results with
you and advise you on what to do next, depending on your results.
is important that men get regular prostate tests. Finding and treating prostate
cancer early offers men more treatment options with potentially fewer side
effects”, says Dr Rains.
So don’t bury your head in the sand when it
comes to men’s health issues. Take charge of your health - grow your mo this
November and go to any of the NHC Health Centres. You could just be saving your