September welcomes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a significant event that brings attention to this highly prevalent condition in men. It also plays a crucial role in dispelling the stigma associated with openly discussing prostate cancer.
Dr. Peter Heathoce, a prominent urological surgeon in Australia, states that “Australia has among the highest rates of Prostate Cancer in the world”. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, over 24000 Australian males are newly diagnosed every year.
Situated between the bladder and the penis, the prostate resembles a squishy gland about the size of a ping-pong ball and plays a vital role in reproduction.
So how does prostate cancer form? As described by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, in essence, cancer is a disease characterised by the transformation of a normal cell into an abnormal one. These abnormal cells grow or reproduce uncontrollably without any signal to stop. Once prostate cancer forms, it feeds on androgens (hormones that contribute to growth and reproduction) and uses them as fuel for expansion.
Early signs of prostate cancer are typically absent. The gradual growth of a tumour doesn’t exert pressure to induce pain, therefore prostate cancer can remain silent. This highlights the significant importance of prostate cancer screening for men and their families.
In rare cases, particularly in advanced prostate cancer, men might encounter frequent or painful urination, difficulty with bowel movements or erectile dysfunction. It is important to note that urinary symptoms do not necessarily equate to cancer. Prostate enlargement can lead to similar symptoms and is quite common.
Treatment for men, especially with advanced prostate cancer, involves medication to help lower androgen levels. Other approaches encompass a spectrum from diligent monitoring to intensive medical treatment and surgical plans that may involve a prostatectomy. This procedure involves the partial or complete removal of the prostate gland. Some gentlemen may be required to undergo a radical prostatectomy; an operation that involves the removal of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue. This can result in nerve and muscle damage.
A common side effect of a prostatectomy and radial prostatectomy is bladder incontinence. Thankfully, most men will regain bladder control over time. However, as research shows by the Cleveland Clinic, 6-8% of men will have long-lasting incontinence.
In circumstances such as post-operative incontinence, the Conni range can offer vital support in the management of uncontrollable bladder voids.
Our discreet Mens Kalven and Oscar Reusable Underwear feature four layers of waterproof and absorbent material built into the underwear that extends from the front waistband, through the gusset to the back waistband and are ideal for lighter leaks and dribbles. When dealing with more substantial flows and complete bladder voids, the Conni Pull-Ons present the perfect solution. A disposable option, our Pull-Ons have the capacity to accommodate up to 3 bladder voids and are free from latex, formaldehyde and nasty fillers making them ideal for men with sensitive skin.
In addition to our Reusable Underwear and Pull-Ons, our Bed and Chair Pads provide men with dependable protection. Particularly useful immediately post-surgery, these incredible products act as a backup if unable to hop out of bed or rise from the chair quickly.
At Conni, we embrace the need to address the side effects surrounding prostate cancer and to grant men the peace of mind that incontinence does not mean giving up their daily routines and hobbies.
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