“Movember” is the month of November.
This month is set aside to raise awareness and support cancer and mental health isseus. Men are facing a health crisis. Too many men are dying too young. The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health. The Movember Foundation partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Their vision: “To have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.” During Movember, men are challenged to grow a moustache, and men and women can be physically active and move or host a fundraising event. Commonly referred to as “No Shave November” as well. The Movember Foundation has raised almost 50 million dollars throughout the years to support prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health, and men’s suicide.
November is men’s health awareness month.
Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among men. The prostate gland is only found in men. Prostate cancer can be treated, and it is often treated successfully. Prostate cancer is a serious disease. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do no die from it. About 1 man in 39 men with the diagnosis die from it. Approximately 1 man in 7 men with be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. It develops in older men. About 60 percent of men are diagnosed at age 65 or older. The average age for diagnosis is 66. It is rare to see it before age 40. Early prostate cancer does not usually cause symptoms. As prostate cancer progresses you should be on the lookout for:
• Difficulty or problems urinating
• Blood in the urine or semen
• Trouble getting an erection
• Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other areas from cancer that has spread to bones
• Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
Most of these problems can be caused by something other than prostate cancer, but it is a good time to get them checked out by a doctor. The sooner the diagnosis the better the body responds to treatment. There are screening test that can point to the likely hood of prostate cancer, but a prostate biopsy is the only way to diagnose the disease.