Here are two shocking facts: half the men over 50 years of age have an enlarging prostate and John McEnroe is 50 years old.
Enlarged prostate, if left untreated, can lead to worsening urinary symptoms and even prostate-related surgery. "I just celebrated my 50th birthday, and while I'm still as active as ever, I know there are certain health issues I need to stay on top of, including my prostate health," said McEnroe. "Now I'm asking other men to take the '50 Over 50 Prostate Health Challenge.' It's all about talking to your doctor and getting serious about your prostate health."
McEnroe has teamed up with GSK for this initiative and is asking men to:
- Take a brief online prostate health assessment.
- See a doctor for a prostate-health exam.
- Know their
PSA(Prostate-specific antigen) levels. PSAlevel, obtained from a simple blood test, is a protein marker that can rise when a prostate condition is present.
You can read a quick but interesting interview with McEnroe in yesterday's New York Times.