06 Nov It’s Movember! Men’s Health Awareness Month.
It’s Movember, which means it’s the perfect time to raise awareness and educate men about their health. Men’s health is in crisis, and this November provides an opportunity to take control and make a difference. Around the world, men are dying for largely preventable reasons, and it’s time we do something about it.
The statistics around men’s health are alarming. On average, men die 4.5 years earlier than women, and the reasons are preventable. Around 10.8 million men worldwide are facing life with prostate cancer, a disease that is highly treatable if caught early. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men globally. Shockingly, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, accounting for 69% of all suicides. These statistics should serve as a wake-up call to all men to take their health seriously.
Here are 5 simple things men can do to improve their overall health.
1. The first step men can take for their health is to spend time with people who make them feel good. Staying connected with family and friends helps to improve overall health and well-being. Life is busy but it’s important to make time and catch up regularly with people who’s company you enjoy.
2. Talk more and reach out to others. Keeping things bottled up can negatively impact health in many ways. Find someone you are able to talk with or on the other hand, be there for someone who needs to talk. Reaching out to others, listening and simply giving time can be life-saving.
3. As men age, the risk for prostate cancer increases. Early detection is key, and talking with the doctor about PSA testing is important. Men should know their numbers and have regular screening. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear as this cancer is easier to treat if caught early.
4. Testicular cancer is most common in young men. It’s important to know what is normal for your testicles, how to check them and being aware of possible symptoms. Men should check their testicles regularly and be sure to inform a doctor of anything unusual. When caught early, testicular cancer is very treatable and highly curable.
5. Stay active and keep moving! Physical activity is a crucial part of men’s health. Find a physical activity you enjoy and makes you feel good. Staying active can reduce stress, help maintain weight, and reduce the risk for many diseases.
Movember is an opportunity for men to take charge of their health. Men’s health is in crisis, with many treatable illnesses and diseases claiming the lives of men around the world. Become educated, ask questions and take your preventative health care seriously to prevent becoming part of the statistics. This Movember, it’s time to make a commitment to yourself to prioritize your health and well-being.