Movember

On Movember 2011

Movember: Changing the Face of Men's Health

Since 2009 I have been involved in the Movember, a campaign to raise awareness for Men’s health, I think it is an important cause to be involved in, because far to many men fall victim to conditions that are maneageable if we can just overcome our ego and ask for help/get help.  Often times we are just too stubborn…

I started this post in December and then got busy with other things and never got back around to it… until now.  First, here are some facts about Men’s Health:

  • The average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 77 years old compared to 82).
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 3 women will be.
  • Evidence suggests that about a third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur will be related to obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and thus could be prevented.
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • 240,890 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and 33,720 men will die.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
  • 8,290 men will be diagnosed with the disease and 350 will die.
  • Smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths
  • An estimated 115,060 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 85,600 men will die from the disease.
  • While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 450 men will die from the disease
  • The most common cancer in the US, skin cancer strikes 1 in 5 Americans.
  • An estimated 43,890 men will be diagnosed with skin cancer and 8,080 men will die from the disease.
  • An estimated 13 million adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes- and a third do not know it.
  • Approximately 50 million men and women in the US have high blood pressure- almost 30 per cent of them do not know it.
  • About 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, and blood pressure tends to rise with age.
  • 1 in 8 men who suffer from mental illness actually seek help (inspire.org)
  • Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women
  • 24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women

Men aren’t likely to wear a ribbon to talk about a weakness they share we are not programmed that way.  For whatever reason we need to project an aura of indestructibility and machismo.  We are not indestructible, as the facts above show.  In a time when we are recognizing how important fathers are in their children’s life I think it is important for those same fathers to be willing to do the things that give them the best chance there is to be around for their children.

Here are some numbers about Men who participate in Movember (Mo’Bros):

  •  96% of participants spent time thinking about improving their general health
  •  86% of participants had a general check-up during the year
  •  77% discussed men’s health with their family, friends or colleagues during Movember
  •  59% carried out personal research on men’s health issues during Movember
  •  64% worried about their general health
  •  87% understood that their health depends on how well they take care of themselves

I am not likely to wear a ribbon either… but every November I wear a moustache to remind those around me that men’s health is important.  Next year maybe you can join the cause, and/or support those that do.

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