So this isn’t a post about myositis.
This is a post about Movember (the month formerly known as November). Movember is a moustache growing charity event (est. 2003) to raise awareness about men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. For the official Movember U.S. website click here.
This year Mo and I have decided to become a Mo Bro & Mo Sista, respectively, to highlight this very important issue! We want people to start talking about prevention, health checks, doctor visits, education, and awareness about men’s health. The word needs to get out there! If you’d like to visit our personal Movember pages click here.
Some celebrities have had a major impact on the public’s awareness of prostate and testicular cancers, like cyclist Lance Armstrong and comedian Tom Green. Surely you’ve heard of Lance Armstrong’s cancer research foundation LiveSTRONG, to visit the website click here. LiveSTRONG was founded in 1997 when the Tour de France winning cyclist was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 25 (the most common cancer in men 15-35). Tom Green also blazed the path of awareness when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000. At the time, “The Tom Green Show” was a huge hit on MTV and Green used his celebrity to air a one-hour Cancer Special on the music network. Green has been cancer free for the last decade, to read a great article about his outlook on life click here.
Prostate cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men in the U.S., regardless of race or ethnicity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a great resource for learning about basic information, risk factors, screening, diagnosis, click here.
Testicular cancer is most common in young men (age 15-40), the risk of testicular cancer in a man’s life is 1:250, but has the highest cure rate (90%!) if detected and treated. For a demonstration of a testicular health check click here. (WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.)
We hope you’ll share this information with your friends and families, or even join the movement! Movember is a great way to get a conversation started and “change the face of men’s health”. Knowledge is power. Moustache is king.