Last month was breast cancer awareness month. This month its Men’s Health Awareness Month and I would like to talk a bit about the boys, I don’t want them to feel left out.

Last year my father had a lucky finding (if you can call it that) on a routine Men’s health checkup with his GP. The PSA test which screens for Prostate Specific Antigen was elevated in comparison to his blood test two years previously. Further investigations identified an aggressive cancer of the prostate gland. Without much ado, dad was whisked into hospital for a radical Prostatectomy and to date his blood tests have been ok. The cancer was contained and no further treatment was required.

As I mentioned, dad was lucky. Strangely, he had absolutely no symptoms which highlights why Men’s health checks are so important.

Prostate cancer can cause symptoms of urine obstruction such as blood in the urine, the urge to pass urine frequently, urinary dribbling and a feeling of not emptying your bladder completely. These symptoms require immediate attention by your doctor. Sometimes Prostate cancer can cause back, flank or sciatic pain, affecting the lower back, hip and leg. The pain may prompt you to go and see an Osteopath, particularly if there are no other symptoms making you feel generally unwell. Osteopaths are trained to screen for genitor-urinary tract problems so please don’t find it strange if your Osteopath asks questions relating to your flow of urine, sexual dysfunction, your general health or a family history of cancer. Any red flags raised involve immediate referral back to your doctor prior to commencing a course of Osteopathic treatment.

Have a great month and may those Mo’s come along nicely.

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