This month we celebrate Movember. If you’re not aware, Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer or testicular cancer.
Many men don’t know much about their prostate which is not terribly surprising. While health professionals suggest females receive their first pap smear at the age of 21, prostate exams are not generally discussed until the age of 50. Additionally, men are 80 percent less likely than women to use a regular source of healthcare according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(1) Regularly scheduled medical care is a big part of preventing cancer, and other illnesses. Another important part of prevention is learning about the symptoms.
WHAT IS PROSTATE?
The prostate gland is a small, walnut-shaped organ that lies just below a man’s bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body through the penis. The prostate gland produces most of the fluid in semen.(2)
One of the most common conditions that can occur in regards to prostate health is BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia also known as an enlarged prostate which can trigger symptoms such as frequent urination or difficulty urinating.(3)
Prostate cancer is another condition of concern for men, especially those over 50 years of age. It is currently estimated that one out of eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.(4)That is why it is more important than ever for men to take their health into their own hands. In addition to regular medical visits, men can turn to herbal supplements to help support the health of their prostate. Two natural herbs, Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria, may be used to help promote the health of prostate cells, which is an essential factor in maintaining normal prostate function.*