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November Means “Men’s Health Awareness”

In a world where a man is told to show no emotions, to never show weakness, called cowardly for asking for help and to put their physical well-being on the back burner, it sometimes can get difficult to recognize that they are still human and all of this is an unrealistic request for a human. However, as times continue to change and men are given the spaces that allows them to be honest and vulnerable, the world is beginning to recognize that these humans can’t keep operating like this — no human is programmed to do so. And through the global campaign entitled Movember, people are encouraging others “to pay attention to, talk about, raise funds for and most importantly raise awareness for men’s cancers and other men’s health issues”.

Since 2003, men from all parts of the world and all walks of life have been asked to grow out their mustaches for the month of November. As a response, their mustaches act as — hairy — reminders of what month we’re in and what this month means. With over 1,250 men’s health projects and counting that happened on an international scale, these projects aim to challenge the status quo, push the power of research and motivate men — regardless of who they are or where they come from — to step up in the name of their health and well-being.

As the years have progressed, men’s health has continued to be an increasing crisis, with them, on average, dying 5 years earlier than women, and many are dying from preventable causes. The Movember website states:

“A growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides.”

Movember wants men to take their physical, mental and emotional health much more seriously, not leaving themselves with treatment and support until it’s too late. With a goal of reducing the percentage of men who die prematurely by 25%, Movember seeks to help men get to better health on a global scale, recognizing that this is an issue that isn’t limited to one town, city, state or country. 

For Movember 2021, here’s how you can support:

  1. Raise funds by:
    1. Growing a mustache — or encouraging a guy you know to do so!
    2. Move for Movember: Do 60k for the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour, globally.
    3. Host a Mo-ment
    4. Mo Your Own Way: Get creative and spread awareness your own way!
  2. Give a Donation:
    1. Become a monthly donor
    2. Become a one-time donor
    3. Give to a person or a team who is raising funds for Movember.
    4. Donate cryptocurrency

There are endless ways to support. Whether to a father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend or co-worker, check on a man’s health today.

 

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