What is Movember?

November, commonly referred to as "Movember" or "No Shave November", is Men's Health Awareness Month. These are not only nicknames for November, but non- profit organizations that educate and raise awareness for Men's Health.


Movember was created in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, it has grown into a global movement to raise money for men's health issues, more specifically mental health, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. Over the last 17 years, Movember has raised $994 million. Looking to get involved? Establish a fundraising page and grow a moustache. Or you can participate in Move for Movember by running or walking 60 miles over the month. Why 60? According to the Movember website, it's for the "60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour, across the world".


No Shave November has a similar mission: to provoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. No Shave November became an official organization in 2009 by Matthew Hill's family, who had passed away from colon cancer just two years prior. Their mission, according to their website, is "to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle".

Below are some general recommendations for Men's Health:

  • Schedule an annual physical exam with your Primary Care Physician

  • Annually screen for testicular cancer

  • Monitor your blood pressure

  • Have cholesterol testing every four to six years

  • Screen for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia

  • Avoid tobacco products and non-prescriptive drugs

  • Manage stress through exercise, diet, and favorite hobbies


For more individualized guidelines and recommendations, consult with your primary care doctor.

Resources:

www.us.movember.com

www.no-shave.org

https://www.cnet.com/health/what-is-movember-and-no-shave-november-the-history-and-how-to-participate/

https://www.consumerreports.org/men-s-health/mens-health-checklist-for-every-age/

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