Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.

This month, ICBA Wellness shifts gears slightly, moving from mental health to cancer. Nearly 50% of Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

The Canadian Cancer Society says there are more than 100 different types of cancer, but (taking out non-melanoma skin cancer, for which specific stats aren’t reported) nearly half of all cases come down to four types:

  1. Lung
  2. Breast
  3. Colorectal
  4. Prostate

Prostate cancer starts in the cells of the prostate, which are part of the male reproductive and urinary systems. This is the most common cancer among Canadian men – and the third leading cause of death from cancer in men.

The Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor if you have these signs or symptoms of prostate cancer:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the semen
  • Bone pain
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Erectile dysfunction

If you feel something, get checked!

ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 50 companies, and thousands of construction professionals, better understand mental health. The program is free for ICBA members — see icba.ca/wellness.