Long Story Short
- Movember is about:
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Mental Health
- Physical activity
- Men’s health is beyond physical, it’s mental and emotional. Its all connected.
- Being a men’s health expert means knowing more than just the physical issues but the mental and emotional
- It’s not all about men. Women too are key in keeping the men they love healthy!
- Mo Bros grow out their ‘staches, and Mo sistas let their leg hair run free 😄🙌
Today is November 1, the official start day of Movember or No-Shave November, basically excuses for men to not shave in the month of November. Right now, Movember has become trendy, a way for men to show off their most unique mustache. But what’s really behind this trend?
It began in Australia. In 2003 two Aussie men, Travis and Luke, decided to challenge 30 guys to grow out a mustache for November, just as a friendly challenge. They gained a lot of attention and decided that Movember would be dedicated to creating awareness for prostate cancer, in fact in 2004 450 “Mo Bros” raised AUD 54,000 which was donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, in 2005 they raised AUD 1.2 million! Impressive stuff!
Now Movember, the actually campaign is international in 21 countries with Mo Bros and Mo sistas. They continue to support and expose prostate cancer, but also testicular cancer, mental health and physical activity. And in case you were wondering the Mo Sistas don’t shave their legs for November.
Ok, so what? Whats the big deal?
The idea is the create awareness. Yes, I know a lot of guys do it for the trendy part of it, but men’s health is a serious issue. Most men are reluctant to go to the doctor; I’ll be fine… The pain, It’ll go away… I can handle it… I’m not depressed/angry/lonely… I don’t have time to workout. These are common things I will hear other men say, until it becomes a serious issue. Early detection on prostate cancer (CaP short for Carcinoma of the Prostate) is a big deal, with more than 26,000 men estimated to die from prostate cancer. The good news is the 5 year survival is 98.9%, but that doesn’t mean men are immune to the adverse effects. Prostate cancer treatments can really change a man’s quality of life, including erectile issues and incontinence (among others depending on the treatment). Its important to take lifestyle, exercise and nutrition into account because theres a ton of evidence showing food, stress and exercise impact survival and prevention of CaP.
Also, I want to note on male mental health. This is often ignored in our society. A man is supposed to be headstrong, tough and bulletproof, but thats not true. Men also experience depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness and these are JUST AS IMPORTANT as nutrition, lifestyle and exercise. I know a lot of men don’t want to talk to their doctor about this stuff, thats fine, but being a men’s health expert means knowing more than just the physical issues but the mental and emotional too and how they’re connected (they are!).
To all men: Your health is important, don’t ignore it.
To women who love the men in their lives: Their health is important, don’t let them ignore it. Sometimes a man needs a little nudge to get well, so support him; He needs it.
If it takes a ton of guys of showing off their mustache to create awareness about Men’s Health, then I’m ALL FOR IT!
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