The month of November is getting quite hairy thanks to the Movember Foundation, a global charity which has raised $65 million and supported over 1,000 programs since 2003 by encouraging men to grow a “moustache” during “Movember.” The facial hair that’s combing the nation is a sign of hope and support to fellow men who suffer from common health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. This “Movember,” join the movement by growing a “moustache” and become a walking billboard for this innovative campaign. Those who participate in this 30-day challenge are tackling four of the largest health problems men commonly experience:
Prostate Cancer: Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. While this cancer is the second primary cause of cancer related death, it is treatable. Currently there are more than 2.9 million prostate cancer survivors living in America. (http://bit.ly/1Cr5JlL)
Testicular Cancer: The Movember Foundation reports that testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men between the ages of 15 and 34, in the United States. If diagnosed early, testicular cancer is highly treatable and most likely curable. The Urology Care Foundation estimates that 8,400 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year, and 380 men will die as a result of the disease. (http://bit.ly/1Wv6w1u)
Poor Mental Health: The Movember Foundation stresses that 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental health issues every year. As a result, one man dies of suicide every minute across the world. The Movember campaign strives to remove the stigma of mental health issues and encourages men to open up about problems they may be facing. (http://bit.ly/1P8lh5U)
Physical Inactivity: Only 53.8% of men achieve the daily physical activity guidelines developed by the federal government. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that a sedentary lifestyle leads to a myriad of health issues including obesity, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and depression. Two million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity. (http://bit.ly/1leVbRB)
While the Movember Foundation strives to highlight men’s health issues throughout the month of November, everyone is welcome to participate in raising awareness of these important conditions. Participants can also commit to an active lifestyle and “move” for the 30 days of “Movember.” Greater Boston Urology encourages individuals to learn more about how they can get involved at http://bit.ly/1RKaIUp and to visit Greater Boston Urology’s home page to check out their team’s “honorary moustaches” to celebrate the movement.