A mustache is a symbol of masculinity. It also represents the biggest health risks men face on a day-to-day basis. Men, like women, face similar health problems that go unnoticed. Some of the many health problems men face are prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide risks. For all these health problems, Movember and No Shave November are working hard trying to spread awareness of these hidden problems. This November the mustache is the ribbon! Join us for this Mustache Awareness!
Movember and No Shave November are two different foundations raising awareness for men’s health issues. Each has their own agenda, however, both want to raise awareness and decrease the number of deaths in men by a half.
What is Movember and No-Shave November?
Movember is a foundation geared toward raising awareness for the health issues men face today. They are the following:
- prostate cancer
- testicular cancer
- mental health and suicide
Movember’s sole purpose is to “stop men from dying too young,” according to their website. According to Movember.com “Prostate cancer kills 45 men are killed every hour. Every minute, a man dies from suicide. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40. ”
On the other hand, No Shave November is a similar foundation. However, this foundation focuses on raising awareness for cancer in men. No Shave November challenges men to put down the razor for 30 days and donate their grooming expenses to this foundation that funds research for cancer. So, put down that razor and let that mustache or beard grow! You can get stylish with this cause. Get creative and style your mustache or beard however you like. You can go full out the 1920s or simple and classy 1950s.
What is Prostate Cancer?
According to Medline.gov, “The prostate is the gland below a man’s bladder that produces fluid for semen.” Some of the symptoms can be if you experience pain when going to the restroom and/or ejaculating and difficulty starting and/or stopping to urinate. To detect prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). In this exam, your doctor checks your gland for any irregularities.
Additionally, you can choose to opt for a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. According to Urology Care Foundation, “PSA is a protein made only by the prostate.” Low levels of PSA are a sign of a healthy prostate. High levels of PSA can be a sign of prostate cancer, however, it can also be a sign of an infection, inflammation or enlargement of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is more common in older men around 50 years of age.
What is Testicular Cancer?
The testicles (or sometimes called the testes) are “two glands inside the scrotum (a sac of loose skin below the penis) that make sperm and the hormone testosterone,” according to the National Cancer Institute. This cancer is common in men under 40 years of age. According to Movember.com, “it can strike men as early as 15 years of age.” Some signs of testicular cancer are lumps or swellings in the testes. It’s recommended you go to your healthcare provider if you experienced either or.
What is Mental Health and Suicide?
There are many different types of mental health disorders. For example, there are
- multiple behavioral disorders
- mood disorders
- suicidal disorders
Mental disorders affect everyone differently. Check out our blog post about mental disorders and mental illnesses here to learn about the various disorders people face.
With many of these health risks, early detection is always the best protection. If you feel that something is not right, don’t hesitate to call your healthcare provider. Want to promote Mustache Awareness? Visit any of the two foundations above to learn how to get involved.
If you would like to speak to your doctor or have any questions concerning any types of health issues men face, please click here or call 904-513-3240.