I wanted to take this week's blog to shift some focus towards Movember, the movement to raise awareness for Men's health while also growing out your best stash. Yes, I know, my stash needs some...time..
The annual tradition has grown in popularity over the years, and primarily targets raising money for men's mental health and suicide prevention, testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
This will be my second year participating as I attempt to grow my mustache, but wanted to provide some numbers as they relate to men's health and why there is such a need to spread this cause.
Men died from suicide almost 4 times the rate as women as recent as 2020.
This statistic is eye-opening to me, especially given that of these suicide rates, 70% of them fall into the category of white men, often times in my age demographic. It is no surprise to me that a driving cause of this statistic is due to the fact that men are significantly less likely to seek mental health than women, primarily due to social norms that exist around men and mental health.
For a very long time, mental health has been kept under the rug and not fully addressed as to the severity and impact it can have on individuals.
The topic of mental health is especially important to me as I personally have dealt with anxiety dating back to as early as the 6th grade, and only recently have been making active steps towards trying to make mental health more of a priority. Seeing others talk about mental health over these past few years has made an impact on me in feeling more comfortable to talk about it, and Movember especially has helped with providing awareness and a platform for others to talk more about it their own personal experiences.
2. Out of every 100 American men, about 13 will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
It is very likely you have a loved one or know someone who was impacted from prostate cancer, as it is the second most common cancer that effects men every year. One extremely important measure that all men can take is to schedule screening and testing as soon as they are of age to do so, as recommended by the prostate cancer foundation.
Check out the graphic below that highlights key information on when you should go for a screening
3. Testicular Cancer us the most common cancer among young men in America.
Fortunately - testicular cancer has a greater than 95% chance of survival among men who are diagnosed, however this does not take away from the long-term treatment related side-effects that can occur from testicular cancer. Movember's mission is to focus on aiding young men to get back to living their full and healthy lives.
Movember's goal is to cut the number of men dying from testicular cancer by 2030, as well as halve the number of men facing serious ongoing side effects from treatment. Check out Movember's plan of attack in the graphic below, and if you want to learn more head over to their website at movember.com
How You Can Help:
On top of growin' out your stashe, another way you can show support the Movember cause is to donate.
I have provided below a link to a friend of mine Mike Kelly's Movember donation page, as well as a QR code that will take you right to his page on your phone. Donating will go directly to the Movember cause, and help raise funds and awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and good buddies we have in our lives. We need your help. Please donate to support men's health!