Movember? Let’s circle back around to look at Prostate Cancer, the cause that launched the Men’s Health movement.
By David Martin, President and CEO of VeinInnovations
Movember – Men’s Health Month – grows on and men across the globe are starting to brush out their mustaches. This year, more than 550,000 people are participating. More than $13 million has been raised thus far, by fewer than a million participants!
Hopefully the men that are now looking for mustache trimmers are also having lots of serious conversations about men’s health. After all, Movember’s goal is get men talking amongst themselves about mental health, as well as testicular and prostate cancer. According to the annual, independent survey of past participants, the mustache works. Ninety-nine percent of MoBros talked to someone about their health, and 75 percent said they were more aware of the health risks they face. Half of men surveyed said they told someone to take action to improve their health.
Movember’s first years were dedicated solely to prostate cancer. In the spirit of Movember, let’s talk about it:
Prostate Cancer Facts
- The risk of prostate cancer increases with age
- 1 in 7 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point
- 1 in 36 American men will die of prostate cancer, which accounts for 22 percent of all cancer deaths
- A man with a close blood relative (father or brother) who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 60 is twice as likely to develop prostate cancer
- Avoiding physical activity and eating a poor diet are contributing risk factors
- African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer and 2.5 times as likely to die after diagnosis
When to Get Screened for Prostate Cancer
Testing isn’t necessary for everyone. That may sound ludicrous, but if you don’t believe me, please check out the American Cancer Society’s website. You won’t know if you need testing, or which test is best for you, if you don’t have a primary care doctor. No matter your age, finding a “medical home base” in your primary doctor, and establishing a relationship with them, is crucial. It’s one of the most effective steps you can take to improve your health!
Your doctor will discuss the best course of action with you. Do you need to be screened? What age should screenings begin? Should you take the PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test or not? Establishing that relationship with your primary care physician will help you when it’s time to ask these questions.
The United States leads in Movember participants, closely followed by the United Kingdom. Canada has 40,000 fewer participants than the US, but they’ve raised almost as much money as the US has. So if you want to contribute to men’s health – and beat our neighbors to the north – find a MoBro or MoSista and contribute to the cause!