More than 600 kiwi men die from prostate cancer every year. The Prostate Cancer Foundation New Zealand are holding a fundraising event called Blue September to support those battling prostate cancer. Every effort, every activity, every donation, helps to improve the health outcomes of Kiwi men.
One in eight men end up getting prostate cancer, having an early diagnosis and being able to get effective treatment can save lives. Early detection is key as some men will not have any symptoms when they are first diagnosed. This disease is particularly dangerous as men often won’t go to their doctor about it and therefore, they won’t know the symptoms and may not feel unwell at first.
What are the signs of prostate cancer and is it treatable?
According to the Ministry of Health prostate problems are common as men get older, some common symptoms include:
-Peeing more often
-A poor urine flow when peeing
-Trouble starting or stopping pee
-Getting up often during the night to pee.
It is possible that such symptoms may be due to cancer and therefore it’s important to get them checked by your doctor.
Age and family history can impact your chances of prostate cancer, it is more common in older men as well as men who have a history of prostate cancer in the family.
Prostate cancer can be treated and finding it early and getting treatment can save your life, however not all prostate cancers need to be treated. It is a very personal decision to get your prostate checked but doing so can increase your changes of getting treatment early.
Blue September – How can you help in the fight against prostate cancer?
There are so many ways in which you can show your support towards this great cause.
– Hold a blue event to help fundraise.
–Donate to the Prostate Cancer Foundation New Zealand
– Buy some sponsored products such as some blue cupcakes or a therapy blanket
-Or help spread the word on social media – everything helps!
How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer treatment and testing can impact your quality of life in terms of your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing not to mention your family being impacted as well. According to the Ministry of Health there is no absolute prostate cancer prevention, but healthy choices such as regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight and not smoking may help. You can however get yourself protected early so that you can minimise the impact if you do ever fall ill with any kind of illness like cancer. At Protection Solutions we are all about preparing for the unexpected and managing risk, there is lots of cancer cover insurance options available helping to cover the costs of treatment and financial hardship in the case of you becoming ill with cancer.
Most providers we work with offer some different form of cancer cover, all of them will have different policy wordings however some benefits include:
-Pays a lump sum of money if you are diagnosed with most cancers.
-Some of your cancer cover is paid out early to help with treatment of any early stage cancer.
-Cancer cover can pay for your family to receive professional advice. This helps your family decide the best way to use the money they will receive.
-Cancer cover can pay for your spouse or family member to take time off work, so they can provide support and care at home.
If you wish to find out more about the various cancer covers available read one of our more in-depth blog posts about it here.
A prostate cancer diagnosis can be scary and confusing, and you may be left with more questions than answers, if you need more support or advice contact The Prostate Cancer Foundation about Blue September and they can help by arming you with the right questions to ask your specialist. If you’re interested to find out more about the cancer cover options that are available please contact one of us today, we would be happy to talk you through what’s available and what may be right for you.