Men’s Health Night con­tin­ues to break down bar­ri­ers

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The Swift Cur­rent Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride For Dad Chap­ter re­cently hosted a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to openly talk about the no longer taboo top­ics in­volved with men’s health.

Dr. Francisco Gar­cia was the guest speaker at the May 3 event, and he pro­vided a glimpse into the ad­vances oc­cur­ring around prostate cancer and other men’s health is­sues.

“I re­ally like these events,” Dr. Gar­cia ad­mit­ted. “I re­ally like break­ing down bar­ri­ers. Nor­mally, as a spe­cial­ist, I am a lit­tle bit shel­tered in that you need to go through a Gen­eral Prac­ti­tioner to get to me. So by do­ing this I re­ally like to try and break down that par­tic­u­lar bar­rier and al­low the in­quis­i­tive and in­ter­ested per­son to come in and just ask ques­tions and get answers.”

Dr. Gar­cia, a Con­sul­tant in Urol­ogy, Spe­cial­ist in An­drol­ogy and Sex­ual Medicine and a Clin­i­cal As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan, said men of­ten refuse to dis­cuss per­sonal prob­lems they should not be ashamed to talk to a about physi­cian about.

“It’s some­thing that should be eas­ier to talk about,” he ad­mits.

“Men are ter­ri­ble at talk­ing to each other about prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly sex­ual prob­lems. Women are good. They do chat about it, so they un­der­stand that they’re not alone and they’re ready and will­ing to seek help.”

Prostate cancer re­mains the most com­mon male cancer and across Saskatchewan there are roughly 900 new di­ag­noses and 200 prostate cancer deaths a year.

The ses­sion also helped raise aware­ness of the 2017 Telus Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride For Dad which will be hosted in Swift Cur­rent on Satur­day, June 10.

In­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fourth an­nual fundraiser hosted in Swift Cur­rent can sign up at ride­for­dad. ca.

The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety es­ti­mates that there were 21,600 new cases of prostate cancer in 2016, which rep­re­sents 21 per cent of all new cancer cases in men.

On av­er­age, 59 Cana­dian men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate cancer ev­ery day.

On av­er­age, 11 Cana­dian men will die from prostate cancer ev­ery day. Those ap­prox­i­mate 4,000 deaths ac­counts for 10 per cent of all cancer deaths in men.

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Mem­bers of the Swift Cur­rent Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride For Dad Chap­ter pose for a photo with Dr. Francisco Gar­cia fol­low­ing an in­for­ma­tion night dis­cussing men’s health in­for­ma­tion at the Liv­ing Sky Casino on May 3.

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