“Movember”, as it is known, is a national campaign organized by the Movember Foundation and supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, and suicide prevention among men. During Movember, men are challenged to grow a moustache, and men and women can be physically active and move or host a fundraising event. Not only do these commitments raise vital funds, they also generate powerful and often life-changing conversations.
When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk, don’t take action, and die too young. The goal of the campaign is to “Stop Men Dying Too Young.”
Click here for more information about the Movember campaign.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumor. If left untreated, prostate cancer cells may eventually spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumors in a process known as metastasis.
One of the most worrying aspects of the disease is that most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms in the early stages.
What is Testicular Cancer?
Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumor that develops in one or both testicles. There are several types of testicular cancer, but the most common is the germ cell tumor.
Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-34 years, and over 8,000 new cases are diagnosed in men each year.
Mental Health and Suicide
Some signs of poor mental health include feeling irritable, hopeless or worthless and behaviors such as aggression, drinking more than usual and isolating yourself from friends and family.
Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk for suicide among men. The distress a man experiences at these times can distort his thinking so it becomes harder for him to see possible solutions to problems, or to connect with those who can offer support.
There are a number of factors that have been linked to an increased risk of suicide, including:
- Previous family or personal history of mental illness
- Harmful drug and alcohol use
- Isolation or loneliness
- Ongoing stressful life situations such as unemployment, relationship difficulties or chronic health issues
How can Mountainlands Community Health Center help?
Men should not be afraid to talk about their health, or mental health concerns. MCHC employs teams of medical and mental health professionals at all sites to answer questions, provide screenings, and ultimately, aid in the prevention and treatment of these conditions affecting men of all ages.
Call 801-429-2000 to schedule an appointment.