Meant to inspire donations, conversations, and real change for men’s health issues, the phrase “Grow a Mo, Save a Bro” is the slogan for Movember, aka No-Shave November or Mustache November. This month long, annual event began in Australia, in 2004, when a group of friends decided to raise awareness of the need for early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments for men. Ultimately, they hoped to reduce the number of preventable deaths faced by men. To raise awareness, they encourage men to grow a mustache to remind each of us of the importance of men’s health.
Since 2003, The Movember Foundation has empowered millions of men and women to join the global men’s health movement. The connections created and the conversations generated have helped to raise over $700 million and helped fund more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects in 21 countries!
Movember is focused on three specific health issues to men:
- Prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the U.S. This walnut-sized and shaped gland tends to grow bigger as a man ages. If detected early, men have a 98% chance of survival beyond five years. If detected late, men have only a 26% chance of survival beyond five years.
- Testicular cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-34 in the U.S. In most cases, the outcome for men with testicular cancer is very good — a 95% chance of survival.
- Mental health and suicide prevention
Statistically, three out of four suicides are men.
Although Movember shines a spotlight on these often overlooked men’s issues, every day of the year should be a day devoted to awareness and prevention of prostate and testicular cancers as well as depression and suicide. Here are some positive steps we can all take…
- Stay connected with other male friends to catch up and check in on one another.
- Have open conversations; be there for each other, listening and giving of your time.
- At the age of 40, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and having a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.
- Know what is normal for your testicles by checking them regularly and, if something does not seem right, go see your doctor.
- Add more activity to your day, every day. Take walking meetings, use the stairs, or bicycle to work.
For more information about Movember, or to make a donation, visit the official website.
For more information about prostate cancer, including detection, symptoms, and treatment options, visit our website or call the office (609.924.6487) to schedule a consultation and exam.