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Movember – it’s not just about prostate health


November or Movember is traditionally when men around the world grow a moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer.

And, although the campaign is synonymous with prostate cancer, it’s also about testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The clinical team at Bonitas Medical Fund take us through some of the essential health checks and screenings for men.

These are tests to check for diseases and health conditions, even before you have any symptoms.

By detecting diseases early, they are often easier to treat.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men.

It occurs in the small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

The growth is normally slow, and it is the one type of cancer from which you have the best chances of recovery.

However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and, with the correct treatment, have good outcomes.

Men from the age of 50 (40 – 45 for those at high risk, with a family history of prostate cancer) should have an annual prostate examination.

Checking for prostate cancer?

Your doctor will recommend a blood test to check the levels of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in your blood.

PSA can be elevated in men who have prostate cancer. This must be supported by a rectal examination.

For 2024, Bonitas has introduced the Be Better Benefit, paid from risk for a range of screening tests and benefits to allow for early detection.

This includes an annual PSA screening test on all plans except BonCap.

Factors that affect prostate health include

  • Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle that includes maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, regular exercise and avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco can contribute to prostate health
  • Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is important for overall health. Drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins and maintain prostate function.
  • Medications and Supplements: Some medications and supplements, like alpha-blockers, 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors and saw palmetto, may be used to manage prostate conditions. However, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional before using any of these.

In summary, maintaining prostate health and being aware of the risk factors and symptoms are essential aspects of men’s health.

Regular check-ups, self-examinations and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in preventing and managing these conditions.

It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for personalised guidance and early detection.


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