No Shave November highlights cancer awareness

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As part of No Shave November, News 18 is highlighting cancer common among men.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 180,000 new cases diagnosed this year, mostly in men ages 65 and older. Health experts say in general, people should start getting screened once they turn 50 but it’s recommended to speak to your primary care doctor to see what’s best.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and do not die from the disease.

Some symptoms of prostate cancer include:

– Difficulty starting urination
– Weak or interrupted flow of urine
– Frequent urination, especially at night
– Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
– Pain or burning during urination
– Blood in the urine or semen
– Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away
– Painful ejaculation

Click here for more on prostate cancer from the CDC.

Health experts say there are several things you can do to help prevent many types of cancer.

“Exercise,” said Ashley Milakis, a nurse navigator for Franciscan Health. “Being overweight has shown to lead to a higher risk of multiple types of cancer and, obviously, not smoking and [make sure to eat] healthy.”