“The state of men’s health is in crisis” (The Movember Foundation)
LET’S TALK ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH
Movember is a time to shine a spotlight on men’s health and raise awareness about health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer and also on mental health.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with more than 1.4 million1 diagnosed cases each year. In the United States, prostate cancer is the second highest rate of cancer deaths for men, behind only lung cancer. However, if caught early, prostate cancer is very treatable.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE CANCER?
Prostate cancer may cause problems with urination, ejaculation, or other sexual functions. It may also cause pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs. Prostate cancer is often asymptomatic in the early stages, so it is important to get regular check-ups.
EARLY DETECTION IS KEY TO BEATING PROSTATE CANCER
Prostate cancer is a serious disease that affects thousands of men each year. The good news is that, when detected early, prostate cancer is highly treatable. In fact, the five-year survival rate for men with early-stage prostate cancer is nearly 100%.2 Early detection is therefore key to beating the disease. There are several ways to detect prostate cancer in the early stages. One is to have a digital rectal exam (DRE) every year beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history of the disease). Another is to have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test every year beginning at age 50. As with any cancer, the earlier prostate cancer is found, the better the chances are for survival. So, talk to your doctor about getting tested for prostate cancer. It could save your life.
MOVEMBER IS AN ANNUAL CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR MEN'S HEALTH ISSUES.
The annual “Movember” campaign takes place throughout November, during which men are encouraged to grow mustaches to show their support. While the mustache may seem like an odd choice of symbol, it is actually quite effective in drawing attention to men’s health issues. After all, what symbol of masculinity is more noticeable than a mustache? And when people ask about it, it provides an opportunity to start a conversation about men’s health. In addition to raising awareness, Movember also raises funds for prostate cancer research and support services. So join the movement today and be sure to visit the “Movember” website at movember.com to get involved.
By joining the Movember movement, you help spread awareness about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues which you can do by growing a mustache, donating money, or simply spreading the word. Let’s work together to make every month a Movember!