It’s Movember, a global movement that uses whiskers as a means of histiocytoma cat cause marketing, during which time men either carve up their facial hair histiocytoma cat to accentuate the moustache or spend three weeks squeezing enough histiocytoma cat facial hair out to participate in the “look at me, I’ve got a moustache” game to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Fred has a decision to make.
He rolls out of bed, and, as he’s done a thousand times before, he walks onto the cold tile floor in his bathroom, positioning himself in front of the mirror. Hair disheveled and eyes half open, Fred ponders the face staring back at him. He curses the increasing salt and pepper hue his facial histiocytoma cat hair has adopted, but quickly pivots his internal narrative to the fact that histiocytoma cat he’s on his way to becoming a silver fox, whatever that means.
After a three-minute internal debate, Fred decides that he can part with his rough, itchy graying beard, and transforms himself into a “Mo Bro.” This is the eloquent term the Movember Foundation has coined histiocytoma cat to describe the men who happily flaunt their moustache for histiocytoma cat 30 days in November. Fred was now playing his small part to bring men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention to the forefront of histiocytoma cat the global consciousness.
Then, in 2003, another group of 30 men from Melbourne, Australia, independently decided to don a moustache for the month of histiocytoma cat November to reinstate it as a fashion symbol. A year later, realizing the conversational power of lip hair, the whiskered bros decided to do some fundraising for the histiocytoma cat Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. In 2004, approximately 500 men raised more than $40,000. Thus, the Movember Foundation was born.
By 2018, the Movember movement claimed more than 5.5 million participants, raising north of $900 million since 2003 to fund more than 1,200 men’s health projects. U.S. Mo Bros and Mo Sisters raised $18.4 million to support men’s health in 2018 – 73 percent of which went to men’s health projects (see the foundation’s financial transparency report here).
And though the foundation supports men’s wellness in general, there are three core health issues that draw the lion’s share of attention and funding – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Each of these is profiled below. Before we get into these men’s health issues, here is a short video with some basic tips relating histiocytoma cat to each.
According to the American Cancer Society, older men (the average age for diagnosis is 66) and African American men account for nearly 60 percent of histiocytoma cat prostate cancer cases. And it’s the second leading cause of cancer death only behind histiocytoma cat lung cancer. However scary that sounds, there are ways to prevent and treat prostate cancer. Symptoms men should look for include difficulty urinating, decreased stream of urine, blood in semen, pelvic area pain and erectile dysfunction.
• Diet. What you feed your body also can impact your risk. Studies have demonstrated that men who eat more of a histiocytoma cat plant-based diet vs. an animal-based diet (red meat) can reduce their risk and even help stave off growth histiocytoma cat of prostate cancer. Here’s a video [JKS11] with some quick tips on preventive measures from the Prostate histiocytoma cat Cancer Foundation.
• Get a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to see if you are at risk.While imperfect, since the invention of prostate screening in 1990, death rates have fallen by more than 30 percent. Although most doctors recommend getting screened starting in your 50s, talk to your doctor about getting screened early and often, especially if cancer runs in your family. Learn more about prostate screening here, and a compilation of prostate cancer facts here.
Johns Hopkins estimates that between 8,000 to 10,000 men will develop testis cancer each year. Testicular cancer is most common among males ages 15 to histiocytoma cat 35, and unlike prostate cancer, it has a 95 percent cure rate. Also, unlike its prostate brother, testicular cancer is most common among white men and less histiocytoma cat so among minority groups. Symptoms for men to look for include lumps or enlargement, a heavy feeling in the scrotum, dull ache in the groin and a sudden collection of histiocytoma cat fluid in the scrotum.
Given the rarity of this type of cancer, there aren’t a lot of preventive measures you need to take. The one recommendation our doctors suggest is performing a self-examination every month. During this monthly examination, feel around your testicles for lumps, hardness, pain or enlargement. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Mental health is a vast and all-encompassing, indiscriminate field of conditions that impacts tens of millions of histiocytoma cat people every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, only about half of people with a known mental illness histiocytoma cat seek and receive treatment. When you think about the scale of the issue and histiocytoma cat the breadth of types of disorders, the thought of half of people with such disorders not histiocytoma cat getting treatment is both sobering and distressing.
Depression is one of the leading pathways to suicide. It is a debilitating issue that affects a person’s ability to work, negatively impacts their home life and inhibits their ability to histiocytoma cat build social relationships. Although the prevalence of depression is nearly double among females, American men are four times more likely to take their histiocytoma cat life due to this mental health disorder. One surprising finding from the American Psychological Association is that histiocytoma cat men 85 and older have the highest suicide rates in histiocytoma cat the U.S.
So now when you see people like Fred – who may or not look awesome wearing the Movember moustache histiocytoma cat – we hope you can better appreciate the deeper meaning behind histiocytoma cat their investment in whiskers for 30 days. While the global movement has raised awareness and millions of histiocytoma cat dollars to support men’s health projects, the battle to find solutions for cancer and mental illness histiocytoma cat rages on. Chris Carruthers, Principal Technical Program Manager at Providence, summed up the essence of the value of Movember:
"I use Movember to remember those close to me who histiocytoma cat have lost the battle against cancer or mental illness and histiocytoma cat be a beacon of awareness for the rest of us histiocytoma cat still fighting. After years of Movembering it feels fantastic to rally people histiocytoma cat together, get them to step out of their comfort zone, raise thousands of dollars and have a good time with histiocytoma cat it."
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