Welcome to Movember

9 Nov

What a minute… I thought it was November! Apparently, it is but, did you know that most people don’t know that November is also a month that is known as Movember!

Last month we looked at the importance of women’s health, and reviewed the pros and cons of breast self-examinations, in the blog “to bse or not to bse.” More importantly, we made women more aware of investing in their health.

“What does Movember mean?”

According to Prostatecancer.ca website:

“Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.”

“Men (also known as Mo Bros) sign up online at Movember.com. Starting clean-shaven on November 1st, these men donate their face for 30 days by growing and grooming the best moustache they can muster. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for men’s health raising funds and awareness along the way. Women (also known as Mo Sistas) play a key supporting role by signing up as team captains, recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds, and encouraging the men in their life to take action when it comes to their health.”
“Mo growth is seen around the globe each November. In 2014, official campaigns will be held in 21 countries across five continents.”

“What is prostate cancer?

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. One in eight men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.”

“Prostate cancer can be slow-growing and some men who develop prostate cancer may live many years without ever having the cancer detected. It is important to get screened regularly so that if you do develop prostate cancer, the appropriate action can be taken. A significant proportion of prostate cancers, if untreated, may have serious consequences.”

“What is testicular cancer?

According to Movember.com website:

“Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour that develops in one or both testicles. The testicles are part of the male reproductive system and are responsible for the production of male hormones (mostly testosterone) and sperm.”

 So, we now know what Movember means.
Now what?

With this information, we can share it with the men in our lives, and make them aware of the importance of investing their health too!

To start, (which maybe something that we as women may have to get use to), they can grow moustache to raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

However, the one thing that stands out is, it will give our men the opportunity to invest in their own health. If they’ve never had proper physical examination by a physician, this is the month to start. Encourage them to go and see their family physician and have a complete physical exam. Early detection can save a life! They just need that encouragement from you.

Let’s be proactive and take the time out for good health! Don’t forget, not only is November a month of remembrance, it’s Movember!

Photo credit:  http://www.biography.com

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