Movember Prostate Cancer Take-Away

21 November 2012

Movember has taken the world by storm and ‘stache. Each November it is a great pleasure to watch the world come together, turning a global eye toward prostate cancer, testicular cancer, lung cancer, and a host of other men’s health issues.

The other 11 months of the year, men go about their days blissfully unconsumed with their health. Rarely do men gather round the table, coffee in hand, discussing their wellness woes. They don’t call friends with a quick question about their urine or to share how their back feels. Boasting of sports-induced aches and pains is about as far as the sharing goes.

That said, Movember gives us all a great excuse to share, remind, and ultimately save. Wives and daughters have an opening to prod about what normally goes unmentioned. Men have an invitation to tell their sons and even their friends the truth about their prostate cancer journey; to share first-hand the importance of screening and treatment choice.

As Movember draws to a close, I acknowledge that men are likely to button-up about their prostates once again. My hope is that the month of talk turns into a year of action. As you say goodbye to your mustache, let your daily shave remind you of these important prostate cancer facts:

• The risk of developing prostate cancer doubles with a family history of the disease
• African American men are 60% more likely to get prostate cancer than Caucasian men
• Obesity increases your risk of prostate cancer death by 33%
• Annual PSA blood tests have reduced the prostate cancer mortality rate by 40%
• Start annual PSA tests at age 50 – or 45 if you’re considered high risk
• Robotic prostatectomy surgery is the most definitive treatment for prostate cancer
• Dr. Samadi has successfully removed more than 4,000 cancerous prostates through his Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) surgery
• With SMART 96% of patient regain urinary continence and 85% regain sexual function*

May your mustache memories keep you alive and well.

* The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.

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