Let’s Talk #Movember – Prostate Cancer Awareness

For the month of November we are raising awareness of prostate cancer through MNBC’s Movember campaign, Let’s Talk Movember. MNBC is aiming to increase knowledge and education specifically regarding the risk factors, prevention, and screening options available to Métis men for prostate cancer.

So, what is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is a part of a man’s reproductive and urinary system. The gland is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Like most cancers, prostate cancer occurs when the cells no longer behave normally in the body. There are many types of prostate cancer, so we will look at general risk factors and prevention techniques.

Risk Factors
The risk of prostate cancer increases as men grow older. The chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases after age 50 and is most diagnosed in men in their 60s. Below are some of the risk factors to be mindful of:

  1. Family history
  2. Obesity
  3. Tall adult height
  4. Diets high in dairy and calcium
  5. Low blood levels of vitamin E or selenium
  6. Smoking tobacco
  7. Inflammation of the prostate

Please note: most of these risk factors have been linked to prostate cancer. However, there is currently not enough evidence to directly link these to prostate cancer.

Can you prevent prostate cancer?
Although we cannot control someone’s height or family history, we can look at our current lifestyle. Small changes can make a big difference! Here are some ways you can improve your lifestyle to include healthier choices for cancer prevention: 

  1. Get Moving! Now that the snow is falling, get to the gym, pool or at home work outs! There are some great YouTube videos that work with every skillset and body type.
  2. Watch the Dairy! I will admit, ice cream and cheese are my favourite, but being mindful and modest when it comes to indulging in dairy will reduce those high calcium levels.
  3. Smoking! Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. But, like all addictions, smoking is one of the hardest habits to kick. If you need more information or support with quitting, we can help. See below for some great Quit Now resources that have helped many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people quit. 

Signs and symptoms may not be present in earlier stages, so we encourage you to speak to your health care provider on prevention and screening. When prostate cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment increase. 

Make sure to send your Movember photos by 11:59PM (PST) November 25th 2020 to kpollard@mnbc.ca for a chance to win one of our amazing prize packs. The more photos you submit, the more chances you have to win!