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This issue of Omega Health is about Prostrate cancer and the importance of Exercise

Prostrate Cancer

Only men have a prostrate gland and when healthy this is usually the size and shape of a walnut. As a man gets older the Prostrate gland grows. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. Cancer can develop when cells in the prostrate start to grow. This type of cancer often grows slowly to begin with and may not cause any problems, but sometimes this can spread and needs treating to prevent it spreading outside of the prostrate. Prostrate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Across the UK over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostrate cancer every year, with more than 40,000 of these diagnoses in England.

Some of the potential signs could include……..

  • Frequent urination
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • The need to strain to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the seminal fluid
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Discomfort or pain when sitting, due to an enlarged Prostrate
  • Urge to urinate frequently at night

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you are worried please speak to your GP and seek advice.

Exercise

Your health and well being is important, but thinking about going a gym can be a daunting experience for someone who is new to exercise. There are a lot more ways you can exercise without having to sign up to a monthly subscription. Your local sports centres offer classes that suit everyone’s abilities and at various times of the day, making them accessible. You could join a running club or just have a brisk walk, play football or swim. It is recommended that you exercise for 20 -30 minutes every day, however it is wise to check with your doctor the suitable amount for yourself. Exercise pumps blood to your brain, which helps you think more clearly and improve your mood and mental health.

Reasons for exercise

  • It can help reduce the risk of having high blood pressure, a stroke, heart disease or type 2 diabetes
  • It can help you to maintain a healthy weight
  • It can help with your sleep patterns
  • It can reduce stress, anxiety, stress and dementia
  • It makes you feel good and improves self-esteem

Related information

An offline version of this edition of Omega Health is available here

External links

Prostate Cancer UK

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