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Getting involved in Movember this November

The Movember Campaign is Getting Ready Ahead Of Movember 2023.

The annual men’s charity event “Movember” has launched its 2023 campaign. The event exists to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Growing a moustache in November and fundraising sees needed efforts go into focusing on prominent male health issues including Prostate Cancer, Depression, Testicular Cancer & Suicide.

Movember has vastly grown since its initial formation in a pub in Melbourne, Australia, focused on raising awareness for prostate cancer. It’s now the only global men’s health charity that funds more than 1,200 men’s health initiatives over 21 different countries.

Why is the Focus on Men’s Health?

On average, men die six years earlier than women, with growing rates of prostate cancer and testicular cancer every year. Also 3 out 4 suicides are males. It’s a global crisis for men, and creating awareness to change behaviours is a central focus, encouraging men to seek help and get checked. The Movember Foundation’s reducing those early & preventable deaths among men and closing the gap of life expectancy between men and women.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer among Australian men. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, more men die of prostate cancer than women do of breast cancer. The risk factors are most commonly linked to age and family history, although there are other risk factors too.

The chance of developing prostate cancer increases with age. For men over 75 years, the risk of developing prostate cancer is 1 in 7, and the risk just keeps going up with age.

Detection of prostate cancer occurs through examination from a qualified doctor, a blood test & if necessary a biopsy. According to the Cancer Council, these are the symptoms to look for:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • An interrupted flow of urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Incontinence
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain during urination
  • Lower back/ pelvic pain and discomfort

While these symptoms are found in other conditions, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s really important to visit your G.P. and have a discussion with them about it.

Men’s Health

Men often don’t ask for help for themselves. However, talking to your mates, reaching out and seeking assistance is so important, no matter your age. As you age and creep up towards 50 years old, you should really start a conversation with your doctor about prostate cancer and whether you should think about getting checked. This is especially the case if you’ve had a close relative (father or brother) diagnosed with this type of cancer.

It’s important for everybody to focus on physical and mental wellbeing. And although there’s no proven prevention for prostate cancer, there’s some research that indicates a healthy lifestyle will reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.

Eating healthy, increasing your physical activity and reducing the intake of certain foods will be beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. Reducing your fat intake, salt intake, sugar intake and alcohol intake, you’ll feel much better and actively work towards improving your overall health. Also physical activity will get you out and about, and connecting with the world (double bonus!)

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

The Movember Foundation also strongly recognises that anxiety, depression and suicide are major health concerns for men. They’re actively working toward reducing the rate of male suicides by 25% come 2030.

If you’re suffering from anxiety and depression, or feeling suicidal you can speak with someone straight away. To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

Get Involved

This November get behind the Movember Foundation in any of three ways. You can grow a moustache, or move 60km for the 60 men lost to suicide each hour. Alternatively you can host an event and fundraise that way. It’s your choice. For further details check out the Movember site or call 1300 4769 66.

For other significant articles regarding health, aged care, and upcoming initiatives, have a scroll through the Aged Care Prepare Blog.

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