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Movember: Male Health Issues Awareness

  • Published: 2014-11-01 : Author: LUGPA : Contact: -
  • Synopsis: Movember campaign encourages men to grow mustaches to help raise awareness about male health issues.
An annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities.

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"Men have this horrible tendency to avoid the doctor, and it's killing them. They need to man up and take charge of their health."

Every day, millions of men are afflicted by a variety of uniquely male health issues, ranging from prostate cancer to erectile dysfunction. And every November, the national Movember campaign encourages men to grow out their mustaches to spark conversations and raise awareness about men's health issues - many of which are preventable or treatable with the appropriate level of awareness and action. These conversations, sparked by something as simple as a few whiskers, have already been credited with saving lives. To date, this campaign has raised close to $600 million worldwide.

This awareness month is especially important because men in particular are inclined to take on the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality when it comes to their health.

Medical professionals have opined as to why men don't just avoid routine checkups, but also the doctor even when very ill. With all the recent advancements in medicine, there has never been a more opportune time for men to take charge of their health and learn how to prevent common, but potentially deadly, diseases.

For instance, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer. But, like many diseases, if caught early, prostate cancer has a high likelihood of being effectively treated and cured. Although it is most common in those over the age of 65, men age 40 and older should get annual tests and stay aware of their numbers in order to help detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages.

Knowing wellness numbers, such as your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) number, can help save your life by providing early signs of illness you might not have otherwise noticed.

"Men have this horrible tendency to avoid the doctor, and it's killing them. They need to man up and take charge of their health," said Dr. Juan Reyna, president of LUGPA. "One of the most effective ways to encourage men to man up and go to the doctor is to educate them. Movember and other health awareness campaigns are doing this in innovative and fun ways - encouraging prevention and early detection by urging all men to grow out their mustaches to raise awareness. As a urologist who has treated hundreds of men, I urge you to get to the doctor this November and have a frank conversation about your health."

For a healthy lifestyle, challenge yourself this Movember with the following four lifestyle changes:

Join the movement this Movember!

Talk to your doctor about your PSA number and challenge your friends to do the same!

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