Last Father’s Day I wrote an article about making sure the men in your life pay attention to their health. Simple and not so simple things like making time to get a physical, quitting smoking, drinking or drugs, and most importantly, including daily activity, leads to a happier, healthier life. Well, it turns out there was an entire month dedicated to the men’s health movement called the Movember Challenge. The Movember Foundation, began in 2003 as a global men’s health initiative to educate people worldwide, and to provide opportunities for donation. The money supports communities so that men can get medical help for Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health and Exercise. November was the month chosen to spread this message. Two of the activities spreading men’s health awareness across social media were “Moustaches in Movember” and “Move in Movember”.
What are the initiatives Movember Foundation supports?
Prostate cancer– is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer. The prostate gland located behind the urethra produces the fluid which surrounds the semen. As men age, the prostate gland enlarges which can cause disruption in urination. There are no special symptoms of early prostate cancer, but advanced prostate cancer symptoms may include frequent urination or have a weaker flow, which could be benign cancer as well. This is why it is so hard to diagnose early.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15-34 years. The testicles are two glands inside the scrotum which make semen and the hormone testosterone. The symptoms to look for are a lump or swelling in the testicle area. A cure is easy usually at any stage, however, the treatment might produce sterility, and so it is recommended to bank the sperm if the patient is considering a family in the future.
Mental Health-men and mental health issues may be expressed differently than for women. Anger and disappointment in relationships among families could get played out through increased alcohol or drug abuse. Violence, whether outward or inward, can result in situations of conflict. Rather than talking out feelings, men may suffer in silence if they do not get the help needed. Some specific mental health issues we see today include PTSD, also known as, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is an anxiety related disorder often seen in soldiers returning from military duty, but could occur in any traumatic life experience.
The good news is that getting up and moving around whether in a specific exercise program or an individual program is the most effective way to reclaim your spirit as we move into the new year.