Movember is an annual event held in November, involving the growing of “mostaches” to raise awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention. The Movember Foundation aims at taking these men’s health issues head-on, through awareness, health initiatives and fundraising for research, outreach and providing support to our Mo Bro’s.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world and has been motivating men to take action for their health.
How does men’s health impact each of us?
One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and globally more than 1.4 millions men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States. Across the country there are more than 3.25 million men living with this disease and the serious side effects from the treatment.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men in America. Fortunately, if diagnosed and treated early, the odds of survival are greater than 95%. However long-term treatment-related side effects can affect quality of life.
The Movember Foundation also supports mental health by focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. In the United States, 75% of suicides occur in males, and globally an average of one man dies from suicide every minute of every day.
How can we help?
Puget Sound Fire asks that you help spread awareness to these important men’s health issues. Awareness leads to early detection and early treatment for cancer, as well as recognition, support and awareness for mental health issues. Recognizing when our family, friends and coworkers need help, and getting them the right resources can have a significant impact on their health. We encourage our communities to visit the Movember Foundation if you need help, resources or would like to support any of their initiatives.
Content of this post was taken from the Movember Foundation website.
Click here to visit the Movember Foundation. https://us.movember.com/