There’s more to Movember than just moustaches
By Sheila Nursimhulu
It’s Movember, the time to show the world we all stand for better men’s health by fostering conversations about crucial health issues.
Important facts about men’s health appear on the November website: “Men will die on average 4.5 years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.”
Movember is an annual event that takes place in November, where men grow a mustache to raise awareness of health issues, in particular, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
While prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men over 45, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men.
There is a higher incidence of prostate cancer amongst men from African heritage and those with a family history of prostate cancer. Men from this group are advised to start talking to their doctor about this when they hit their 40th birthday. It is important for men to know that often, prostate cancer grows slowly and many men don’t notice any signs at all. This is why early detection is key.
Men can be proactive about testicular cancer too. It is important for every man to know what’s normal for him. So, if you notice a change – or that something doesn’t feel right such as hard lumps on your testicle or unusual soreness, feeling of heaviness in your scrotum or a dull ache or ongoing pain in your testicles, groin or lower back, you’ll know to act on it and speak to your doctor promptly.
Early detection plays a key role in early diagnosis and successful treatment. Therefore, understanding your risk of prostate and testicular cancer is key.
Mental Health among men is another serious issue that remains a taboo subject Globally, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day.
Movember is not just about growing facial hair but also about making a positive impact on men’s well-being by challenging traditional stereotypes of masculinity and encouraging men to take charge of their health by talking more and seeking help early. Funds raised are used to finance projects related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
While primarily aimed at men, Movember welcomes support of “Mo Sistas,” women who can participate by supporting and fundraising for the cause. More information can be found at: uk.movember.com