Happy Father's Day, Get Your Prostate Checked!

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In 1994 Congress passed a resolution that led to an annual Men’s Health Week to promote awareness of the health issues specific to men but men are half as likely to heed this advice.

Well let’s remind our dads about National Men’s Health Week and even after health week, be sure to ask your father if he has had his check up. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the U.S. The American Cancer Society is encouraging dads to get screened for prostate cancer.

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Let’s face it, dad’s are not thrilled about getting their prostate checked, but it is important tht men pay attention to their health! Denise Kolba, with the American Cancer Society of South Dakota says, “Even though there have been a lot of advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live about an average of seven years less then women, and women go visit the doctor about 150 percent as often as men. That enables them to detect health problems early in stages, whereas men don't have that advantage."

So a great gift would be to remind dad how much you love him and how you want him around. Other good advice to offer dad says Kolba, "Tell your dad to stay away from tobacco. We know that we are an overweight nation and research continues to come in linking overweight and obesity with your risk for cancer. Getting moving with physical activity. We know physical activity, research has shown that also impacts our risk for cancer."

Maybe you might even want to give dad a bottle of vitamin C. A new study from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland and published in the May-June 2010 issue of In Vivo suggests that vitamin C is good for preventing and treating prostate cancer. The chemical called ascorbic acid may be enlisted to prevent and treat this common cancer in men.

Anyway you want to hint at dad to get checked, remind him you want him around and to take care of himself.

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