Prostate Cancer Awareness Month A.K.A No Shave November!
Many men and women participate in an international event called No-Shave November. “No-Shave November is a different organization that encourages people to donate what they would otherwise spend on hair grooming to the American Cancer Society.” According to their website, “No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and supportive funds which go towards preventing the disease, saving lives, funding research, educating, and aiding those fighting the battle. The campaign started in late of 2009, with only about 50 official participants — mainly family and friends. The campaign appears to have grown exponentially over the years, the campaign has raised more than half a million dollars this year alone.
Nearly everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another. No-Shave November was started in 2009 as a way anyone affected by the disease could give back and show their support. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for the month. Participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs get furry, and skipping that waxing appointment. If you’re not ready to sport a new shaggy look, consider donating to support the cause.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. While some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man’s prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer that is detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has a better chance of successful treatment.It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. Once you decide on a treatment plan, many other specialists may be involved in your care as well, including nurse practitioners, nurses, nutrition specialists, social workers, and other health professionals.
If you have completed treatment, your doctors will still want to watch you closely. It is very important to go to all of your follow-up appointments. During these visits, your doctors will ask questions about any problems you may have and may do exams and lab tests or imaging tests to look for signs of cancer or treatment side effects. Your doctor should give you a follow-up plan. This plan usually includes regular doctor visits and PSA blood tests, with digital rectal exams if your prostate hasn’t been removed. These will likely begin within a few months of finishing treatment. Most doctors recommend PSA tests about every 6 months for the first 5 years after treatment, and at least yearly after that. Bone scans or other imaging tests may also be done, depending on your medical situation.