NO SHAVE NOVEMBER – RAISING AWARENESS OF MALE CANCER
I’m quite sure when we’ve hit the month of November in the last few years you’ve experienced the men around you opting to not shave and grow their moustaches or goatees. I see this year it’s become the month not to shave at all. Not one that enjoys shaving much, I’m all for it.
Do you know what it’s all about though?
According to wiki a group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia around 1999 coined the term “Movember” and the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November. They came up with the idea for “Movember” one night at a bar. The group started with 80 men from Adelaide and before long it the concept had become a nationwide phenomenon. The aim, to raise fund for the RSPCA through selling T-shirts in what they termed “Growing whiskers for whiskers”. Then in 2004, an unrelated group in Melbourne, Victoria organised an event where 30 men would grow a moustache for 30 days in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men. This group would later become the Movember Foundation charity.
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
As men hit their forties, men are bound to hear from the doctor or those around them that it’s time to get the prostrate checked. For the longest time, many men have avoided it because it was deemed “uncomfortable”, because for the longest time it required the doctor to insert a finger up the man’s butt to check if all was well. Today, a simple blood test will diagnose prostrate cancer. A similar process to when one is being tested for HIV. Caught early, prostrate cancer is completely curable with a survival rate of over 90%.
FACTS ABOUT PROSTRATE CANCER
First, to my lady readers, only men have a prostate gland. Just in case you didn’t know…
The prostate gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm. This fluid contains an enzyme, called prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which liquefies semen, allowing it to enter into the uterus with ease and swim freely.
Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour. Prostate cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. These prostate cancer cells, if left untreated, may spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours in a process known as metastasis.
Make a habit of examining your urination for obstructions and blood, and become aware of how often you need to urinate. In the world of prostate cancer, 50 is the new 40. Prostate cancer is on the rise in South Africa, especially among younger black men, so make it a priority to go for regular screenings from a young age, keep alert and check for these changes and consult your doctor, Prostrate Cancer is treatable:
FACTS ABOUT TESTICULAR CANCER
Testicular cancer is a highly treatable cancer and can be effectively treated, and cured, if diagnosed and treated early. Advanced testicular cancer can also be cured with treatment including:
DEPRESSION & SUICIDE
Movember is also about creating aware about mental illness, depression in men. Depression doesn’t discriminate, and can lead to suicide.
Did you know that 75% of suicides are men? Ya, me neither. If you or someone you know needs help in South Africa contact: Emergency services: 10177 or 24 hour crisis support: Lifeline, 0861 322 322
Talk to your mates, especially the quiet ones.
Ask genuinely and not just to make conversation.
Listen, don’t pretend to be listen. You may hear a cry for help.
Encourage action if you believe that’s what is needed.
Check in regular thereafter or when you haven’t heard from your mate in a while.
Move this Movember by running or walking 60 kilometres over the month. That’s 60 kilometres for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour.
Are your nuts still fresh?
Have you asked your husband or partner if they’ve checked their nuts lately?