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Stress & Mental Health

Stress has many sources. It can be caused by a traumatic experience, the death of a loved one, or an unexpected situation. It can also be a side effect of a serious illness or disease. In addition, stress is associated with our daily lives, our workplaces, and our family responsibilities.

Some common symptoms of stress include headaches, sleeping disorders, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety. Other symptoms include a short temper, depression, low morale, and an upset stomach. While it may be hard to stay calm and relaxed, it’s important to find positive ways to manage your stress. Your health depends on it.

To better manage your stress eat healthy, stay active, and take time to relax. If you find yourself in a stressful situation try to establish the source. Then you can find productive ways to channel that stress if a similar situation arises. People who cope with stress will sleep better and control their weight more easily. They also get sick less often and recover faster when they do get sick. Stress management can improve your mood and help you get along better with others. With the resilience to hold up under pressure we can lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in older men. The prostate is a small sex gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum that is responsible for the production of fluids needed to transport sperm. The exact cause of prostate cancer is still unknown, so it is not possible to prevent most cases of the disease. Based on what we know, some groups of men are more likely to have prostate cancer than others. Men age 50 and older, African-American men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer have a higher incidence rate than most.

Some prostate cancers can grow and spread quickly, but most grow slowly. In fact, autopsy studies show that many men who died of other causes also had prostate cancer that never affected them during their lives. In many cases neither they nor their doctors even knew they had it.

Ask your doctor if you are at risk for prostate cancer. They will explain the signs and symptoms and what you can do to lower your risk. Screening is not usually recommended because the hazards of screening and treatment may outweigh the benefits.