Learning to laugh at Dr. Jellyfinger – Prostate Cancer Check

Learning to laugh at Dr. Jellyfinger – Prostate Cancer Check

Let’s face it: Anything that makes guys laugh at Dr. Jellyfinger has pulled off quite a feat.

So let’s tip our hats to Prostate Cancer Canada’s “Famous Fingers” collection, which is marking Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September with a hilarious list of latex glove-wearing superstars — hall-of-fame athletes, actors, musicians and more — who are so admired by guys that we might actually feel honoured have them stick a finger up our butts. (Just don’t ask for an autograph at the wrong time, okay?)

On the other hand (or finger), having Babe Ruth, Sherlock Holmes or Bigfoot on hand (or finger) still might not be enough to get you to the doctor’s office.

So how about this: One in nine Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, with an estimated 4,200 of us dying from the disease in 2020. But it doesn’t have to be that way: When caught early, the survival rate for prostate cancer is close to 93 percent.

Now raise your hand — or finger, famous or otherwise — if talking to your doctor about an early detection strategy sounds worth doing ASAP.

Know the Signs

One of the reasons it’s so important to see your doc is that symptoms are not always present in the early stages of prostate cancer.  And as mentioned, early detection vastly increases the chances of survival. So if you notice any of these symptoms, go straight to your GP. Bigfoot says so!

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Inability to urinate or difficulty starting or stopping urine flow
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen

Healthy combo reduces the risk

Of course, it’s better to prevent prostate cancer before it’s detected, and that can be done by combining two awesome habits that go an incredibly long way toward a happier, healthier life overall: Physical activity and healthy eating. Putting the two together can prevent some types of cancer, as well as chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, and can also work wonder for your mental game as well. Not sure where to start on both counts? We have the goods — and then some. Check out Dontchangemuch.ca for more easy tips than you can shake your fist (or finger) at!

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Suicide is preventable — with your help

Suicide is preventable — with your help

What do NFL football star Junior Seau, pro wrestler Chris Benoit and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have in common?

If you said “they were all hugely successful,” you’d be correct, but that’s not the answer we’re looking for.

Whether crushing quarterbacks, delivering body slams or kicking some serious butt in the kitchen, they were all tough, strong dudes, but again, that’s not it.

The grim fact, in all three cases, is that these “masculine celebrities” committed suicide. About 4,000 Canadians of all ages and backgrounds die by suicide. This works out to an average of almost 11 suicides a day, making it one of the most common causes of premature death for men in Canada.

On September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day promotes understanding of suicide and effective prevention. It highlights the fact that suicide occurs across all age, economic, social and ethnic groups. The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable, and their deaths leave countless family members and friends bereaved and their communities shattered. As we’ve seen so many times, even people who appear happy and successful are at risk. So, how do we stop suicide?

Know the Signs

A serious physical or mental illness, or a bout of depression, are three of the more obvious signs that suicide is lurking. But it can be more subtle than that. If you notice a friend, family member or co-worker acting in any of these ways, they may be reaching out for help:

  • They are abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • They are experiencing a major loss, such as the death of a loved one, job loss or divorce.
  • They make remarks about death, dying or suicide.
  • They make repeated expressions of hopelessness, helplessness or desperation.
  • They start giving away prized possessions.
  • The start making preparations for death, such as taking out insurance, writing a will or talking about final wishes.

How to help

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to talk to the person about their situation. This may not be easy, so here are some tips that could make YOU a life-saver:

  • Make sure you listen without judgement. It is important that the person feels heard and able to express themselves freely.
  • Be honest about your concern for the person.
  • If possible, go with the person to get help. Crisis Centres, which are open 24 hours a day, are great places to start. Tell me more about suicide prevention.
  • Stay in touch with the person to see how they are doing.
If you can’t beat Joe, why not join him?

If you can’t beat Joe, why not join him?

Why are there so many famous Joes? In sports there are dozens, including Dimaggio, Fraser, Montana and Namath — not to mention “Mean” Joe Greene — as well as the man behind the most memorable Blue Jays moment of all time, Joe Carter. Showbiz has Pesci and Piscopo — and that’s just the P’s! — politics has Biden and McCarthy, music has Strummer, Cocker and Ugly Kid…the list of famous (and infamous) Joes goes on and on.

Then there’s your locally famous Joe. As you can see from the video, the guy shows us all how it’s done. Like everyone else he’s busy at work and at home, but Joe makes it look so easy. What’s his secret?

Joe breakfasts like a champion. As this handy infographic explains, he eats oatmeal, eggs, and other hearty foods to prevent hunger pangs before lunch. Sugary cereals? Not for Joe! Check out Diabetes Canada’s guidelines on types of sugar and sweeteners.

Joe drinks plenty of water. Polishing off five tall glasses between breakfast and dinner makes him more alert and helps manage his weight.

Joe favours fruit as snacks over doughnuts. They blow pastry away when it comes to handling pre-lunch hunger. Plus, they boost Joe’s energy like nobody’s business.

Joe walks up a storm. He gets off the bus a few stops early and hoofs it, or heads for a local park, slaps on some headphones, and fires up his favourite tunes. Let the good times roll!

Joe drinks and is merry. Because it sends stress packing, enjoying a cold one (or two) with his buddies is actually good for Joe.

Joe gets the sleep he needs. Shutting down earlier gets him more shut-eye, while turning off the TV and keeping laptops and other distractions out of the bedroom helps him sleep better.

Joe also pulled the ol’ switcheroo

How did Joe became such a boss in the first place? Fact is, the guy wasn’t always so put together. But he kicked his bad habits by replacing them with the new, health ones we’ve already covered. This approach to habit-breaking, by the way, is backed up by scientific research.

So there you have it: Joe’s healthy habits are easy to follow AND can be used to eliminate unhealthy routines.

Joe really does make it look so easy — and thankfully, making it look easy is easier than you think.

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