In our previous blog we wrote about Breast cancer and gave some useful tips to our females in the trucking industry on awareness and prevention of this fairly common problem.
This time it’s the men’s turn and ‘Mo’vember,’ as it has now commonly become known, is a time that men grow moustaches in support of those with Prostate cancer and related men’s-health issues.
Will you be sporting a ‘Mo’ to help a ‘bro’ this November?
A tradition that was started as a bar bet by two Aussies, and has now grown to a worldwide awareness campaign, prompts men everywhere to grow moustaches to raise funds to support these men’s health problems – aiming in particular at prostate cancer. Will you be growing a Mo this year to try and help others who are already sufferers of these illnesses?
Prostate cancer is number 1 on the cancer ‘Big 5’ list
A CANSA article set’s out the true picture about the types of cancer most commonly found amongst men and prostate cancer is easily number 1. It has this to say: “The lifetime risk for Prostate Cancer in men in South Africa, is 1 in 17, according to the 2016 National Cancer Registry. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer globally and locally and is showing significant increases.”
One of the problems is that it is not easily detectable by the individual and is often only picked up through testing. There are things we can do to help prevent it and try to stop the growing problem of too many cases being picked up in the late stages.
What can we do about it?
The same article went on to say: “Men need to be pro-active about their health and should recognise warning signs. We encourage monthly testicular self-examinations, annual medical check-ups and cancer screening for early detection, as symptoms don’t always present until cancer has spread. Men also need to lead a balanced lifestyle, cutting out lifestyle factors that increase their cancer risk.”
Some suggested lifestyle changes
The main lifestyle changes are pretty much to do with the usual things we need to maintain good health….
Obesity – It has been shown that being overweight can be a significant factor, but as we all know obesity is a significant factor when it comes to heart disease, diabetes and many other things too, so it is very important to try to maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30.
Diet – If you struggle with this, cut bad starches in the diet like white bread, mealie meal and white rice – and replace them with smaller portions of good grains like whole-grain bread and brown rice. Cut bad fats like fatty meat, bad oils and dairy products – and replace these with more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Exercise – As with many illnesses, the chances of contracting prostate – or many other cancers are reduced by regular exercise. As a Trucker, we know you spend most of your days on the road, but even at a truck stop – just take a walk for about 20 to 30 minutes whenever you can. It could save your life.
The Trucking Company that cares
At FAW South Africa our trucks are not only built by South African’s but we care for South African’s too. We hope this advice has been helpful and remember that protecting your life extends beyond road safety, so we hope you will take these tips to heart!
Find a dealer near you to learn about the amazing deals we have on both new and premium pre-owned vehicles – or contact us directly for any help and advice you need. Most of all grow those ‘Mo’s to support your Bros – we’re behind you all the way!