What we learned from Movember this November.

Since 2003, the Movember movement has made America and the world more aware of men's health issues by encouraging all males to grow and keep a mustache and/or beard through the month of November.  At us.movember.com, the Movember movement reminds all men that they typically die younger than women, but for biological reasons that aren't fully understood.  Male-oriented cancers, like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, as well as heart-disease, untreated mental health problems, and sexually transmitted diseases are major hurdles in keeping men alive and healthy.  Movember is a way that all can be involved in the conversation about male longevity.

If men and women both get cancers at a rate of 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, why aren't men visiting the doctor as often as women are?  Why does the stereotype of the 'strong male is the who never gets sick' still around? Why do men still take more risks with their health and their partner's health when it comes to sexual activity?  These are all questions Movember forces us to ask ourselves and our loved ones, and they apply across the ages.  While it might seem that prostate or testicular cancer is an older concern and sexual health is a younger one, recent studies have shown us that Baby Boomers are indeed still sexually active (and the rising STD rates in that group prove it) [link to CBS news], and the symptoms of prostate cancer can start as early as the 30s [link to AskMen.com] turning the tables on what we all once thought.  

So what has Movember taught us over the last month?  While most people are settling in for the holiday season, there will probably be too much food, too much alcohol, and too little exercise.  Keeping yourself healthy is your main responsibility as a person and try and keep the 'bad stuff' in moderation.  But also knowing your family history is key, so while you are going back and forth between loved ones' homes, talk about your family history.  Dads, it could help your son or son-in-law get a physical sooner.  Sons, it could help you realize what signs to look out for.  The best gift you give and receive this winter could be the gift of health.

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POSTED ON: December 04 2013
Posted by:Su-Lauren Wilson owner,CFO
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