Women have heard all the stereotypes about men. You know the ones… In general, men have a reputation. Tough guy. Won’t ask for directions. And getting one to the doctor often takes an extreme act or injury. Well, that’s the rumor. But rumors often have a grain of truth to them. It may explain why an acclaimed prostate cancer expert, David B. Samadi, M.D. took to the TV asking women to take an active part in the fight against prostate cancer.Prostate Cancer is actually the second highest leading cancer killer of men, but very few men will voluntarily go to the doctor to get “their junk” checked. Women, on the other hand, have known for years about the value of early detection for breast cancer, uterine cancer, etc. This is why most women, when they hit a certain age, will voluntarily get a mammogram with very little fuss. It’s why women schedule routine gynecologist appointments for pap smears. Is there discomfort involved? Heck, yeah! But it’s better than late detection.
So what should women know about prostate cancer so that they can keep the men they love with them longer?
- Genetics make a difference. If other members of the family have been diagnosed, get tested.
- African American men are 60% more likely to get prostate cancer than Caucasian men.
- Age matters. If you’re over 65, get tested.
Ladies, YOU can be the difference in lengthening your partner’s life. Sure, we’re just a lubricant company in the greater scheme of things, but we want our lovers to be happy in healthy (both physically and otherwise) relationships. If we can help make this happen by raising awareness, then that’s what we’ll do!
By the way, if you or someone you know and love has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may want to check out the prostatecancer911 site.