Grow a Mo For Men's Health This MovemberheadingContent
Ever notice a lot of facial hair on men in November? It is not just the changing seasons. It is a movement called Movember. Men grow moustaches (Mo) to raise awareness of men’s health.
It all started with two men in a pub in Australia in 2003. They wondered why moustaches went out of style. They then enlisted a total of thirty others to grown moustaches. They made it into a talking point and decided to use it to spread awareness. Today, it has grown to over 5 million participants to date.
Let’s talk about health and wellness. As a primary care doctor, I can tell you that most women under 50 see their gynecologist, and see their primary care physician yearly. But, what about men? That’s what Movember is all about.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They address prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. Their mission is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. They want to stop men from dying too young.
Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, and it is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Men who are African-American and men who have a family history (a brother or father) of prostate cancer are two-and-a-half times more likely to get prostate cancer and should start testing at age 45. Low risk patients can start at age 50.
Testicular cancer is the second most common cancer in young men globally. Men are encouraged to do self-exams to notice any changes.
With cancers, early detection and treatment is the key.
Around one in four adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health problem in a given year. In addition, 75 percent of suicides are men. We need to encourage men to talk to each other, and then talk to a healthcare professional.
Regular check-ups and discussions with healthcare providers allow for early detection and greater longevity in men.
Grow a Mo this Movember, and you can help stop men from dying too young. Go to us.movember.com to see how you can help raise awareness.