Movember is a global charity movement aimed at raising awareness of men’s health risks with a focus on combating prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health challenges in men. Throughout the month of November, men everywhere grow mustaches that serve as a reminder to men that it’s important to invest in their own health, to be more open about discussing mental health concerns and to be proactive about seeking necessary medical care.
Our fathers, sons, brothers, husbands and friends face health problems every day and we can’t afford to stay silent. Help us create positive change for men’s health by raising awareness this month and continuing year-round. Educate the men in your life and be an advocate for some of the most significant health issues faced by men. We believe in taking action!
Educate yourself and others about men’s health and the biggest health challenges men face:
Prostate Cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the US. Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age but it can affect anyone. When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are 98%. If detected late, those survival rates drop to below 26%. Men, when you reach the age of 50 you should consider having a conversation with your doctor about PSA testing – a blood test used to detect prostate cancer. For African American men and those who have a family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended to begin PSA at age 45.
Testicular Cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 25-49. Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history of testicular cancer are at an increased risk of developing it. Although there is a 95% chance of survival, 1 in everyone 20 men diagnosed won’t make it. The best thing you can do is give yourself regular self-exams to feel for new lumps or pain that may not have been present before. If you notice anything different, don’t panic, take action and see your doctor.
Mental Health. Elevated rates of suicide and substance abuse along with low rates of mental health service use in men has led to a silent crisis surrounding men’s mental health. In the United States, 75% of suicides are men and substance abuse is a predominantly male problem. Unemployment, sexual orientation, military service and old age are contributing risk factors in the mental health crisis among men. Men are also less likely to reach out for help, so it’s our job together to recognize when someone is struggling, support them and educate them about options available.
If you or a loved one is looking for healthcare services including cancer screenings, mental health or general health management you can make an appointment with the UT Health Austin Primary Care Clinic here or visit the Walk-in clinic here. You can also call 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737) for an appointment or to discuss any questions you may have.
Looking for additional ways to get involved this Movember? Visit the Movember Foundation for more info.
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