The stats on prostate cancer may surprise a few people. It’s hard to believe that far more men die of prostate cancer (around 20,000) than women die of breast cancer (around 14,000). The funding for prostate cancer compared to breast cancer is also concerning.
Men’s health ranked 36th for federal government health research funding in 2012 -13, behind sexually transmitted infections and just ahead of parasitic infections, an exclusive analysis by News Corp Australia shows.
Over the past 10 years women’s health research has received more than $800 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council compared to less than $200 million for men.
Breast cancer received $60 million more than prostate cancer and ovarian cancer $64 million more than testicular cancer.
The smaller funding for men’s health research is a paradox given men’s average life expectancy is just 79 compared to 84 for women.
Women are more likely to take their health far more serious than men. They are also far more likely to discuss their health concerns with other women and their GP. So it’s really no surprise they are more proactive with funding and research for breast and ovarian cancer.
A recent study has revealed that men that have more sex are less likely to have prostate issues. Men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) are less likely to get Prostate Cancer, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. So the ageing male with a dormant sex life is not a good recipe. Might be a good time to spice up the love life and if that doesn’t look promising, perhaps it might be a good idea to review that?
Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men, but is not uncommon in younger men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66. With men dying on average 5 years earlier than women and are entering their 60’s or late 50’s then it’s a very good time to go for the complete health check up including prostate check with their GP. If you are having signs of some of the prostate symptoms then get to your Doctor ASAP! –
- A weak or slow urinary stream.
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.
- Difficulty starting urination.
- Frequent urination.
- Urgency to urinate.
- Getting up frequently at night to urinate.
- A urinary stream that starts and stops.
- Straining to urinate.