The “N” of November has almost officially been replaced with an “M” as many people across the world start the month by sporting a moustache for “Movember”.
The Movember Foundation is a charity that is dedicated to helping support the quality of life for men across the globe.1 The foundation’s focus is prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity.1
The third leading cause for death in Canada is prostate cancer.2 Some of the risks for prostate cancer include increasing age, family history and being from a black-African and Afro-Caribbean decent.2
Although not always seen, some symptoms men experience2:
- frequent urination at night
- difficulty starting to urinate
- painful urination & ejaculation
As opposed to prostate cancer, testicular cancer is more common in younger men between the ages of 15-29, however – risk remains highest up until 40 years of age. 3 Unfortunately, there are no known causes for testicular cancer and similar to prostate cancer the symptoms are not always obvious. 3
Some symptoms that men may experience include3:
- swelling, changes in shape or lumps in testicles
- pain or discomfort in testicles and/or scrotum
Self-assessments and Screening
For testicular cancer, men should learn how to conduct a self-assessment. This can help diagnose the disease early to proceed with treatment.3 For prostate cancer, there are a series of diagnostic tests the doctor may recommend (i.e. Digital Rectal Exam and PSA blood test). 2 Ask a healthcare professional about these screening tools.
In Canada, 1-10 men will battle major depression in their life.4 Sadly, the idea that men must appear “strong” can lead some to avoid getting the support they need to address their mental health.4 Be sensitive to the changes going on in everyone’s lives and create a support system for your loved ones.
Being active has so many benefits, including improving both the health of your body and your mind. Yet, a startling 41% of men in developed countries don’t get enough exercise.5 Get active and have fun!
- Join a sports team with your buddies
- Organize a friendly neighbourhood football game
- Go on a brisk walk with your partner or pet!
- If you like to golf, opt to walk vs. taking the cart
- Go for a run and use an exercise app to track your fitness goals
Don’t just grow a moustache this Movember to “look the part”; educate your family, friends and coworkers on men’s health and support this great cause.
To learn more about how to support men’s health, please visit: https://ca.movember.com
- Movember Foundation. (2015). The Movember Foundation. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from https://ca.movember.com/about/foundation
- Movember Foundation. (2015). Prostate Cancer: The Facts. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from https://ca.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer
- Movember Foundation. (2015). Testicular Cancer: The Facts. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from https://ca.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer
- Movember Foundation. (2015). Poor Mental Health: Awareness and Support. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from https://ca.movember.com/mens-health/mental-health
- Movember Foundation. (2015). Physical Inactivity: The Facts. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from https://ca.movember.com/mens-health/inactivity
By: Kelly Atyeo-Fick, B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., P.H.Ec.