Helping him pay attention to prostate health

In many households, it’s the woman of the family who pays most attention to healthcare needs. And, sometimes the men in our lives need help — especially when it comes to prostate health. So where do you start in making sure your husband is doing the right things to stay healthy?

First, ask yourself these questions:

• Is your husband over 40?
• Is frequent urination an issue?
• Did his dad or brother have prostate cancer before the age of 60?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then he’s due for an exam.

Procrastination is not an option when it comes to properly preventing prostate cancer. We see 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year, with African American men twice as likely to develop prostate cancer.

Most cases are diagnosed in men over 65. But more cases are popping up with men between 55 and 65. And the risk doubles for men who have a father, brother, or other close male relative who suffered from prostate cancer.

In addition to visiting the doctor yearly if he is over 40 or suffering from other symptoms noted above, your man can take the following preventive steps:

• Take a blood test for PSA (prostate specific antigen), helping detect the disease early
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Empty the prostate regularly
• Exercise
• Don’t smoke
• Limit alcohol

Ultimately, the keys to avoiding prostate problems are paying attention to symptoms instead of ignoring them and living a healthy lifestyle. And your help and encouragement can make a big difference in keeping the man in your life in great prostate health.

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