If you’ve noticed a little more facial hair around your office, that’s because it’s the annual, "No Shave November".
Besides the burly look, this month is dedicated to prostate cancer awareness.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
The most viable ages for prostate cancer are between 55-70, with 60% of cases diagnosed at the age of 65+.
However, without proper screenings, cancer can go unnoticed until it’s too late.
"The whole purpose of screening is to catch it early. The earlier you catch it, the more treatable it is. So when it’s only in the prostate gland itself, the patient usually has lots of options. They can do surgery, they can do radiation to potentially cure the prostate cancer," says Dr. Morris Jessop, a Urologist at Benefis.
it is also suggested to have a screening once every 1-2 years.
Testing is as simple as a blood test or even a digital exam.
While getting a screening for prostate cancer is important, Dr. Jessop also stresses the importance of checking for testicular cancer on a regular basis.
Any lumps or abnormalities should be examined immediately.