Valley Healthcare

While many young men take Movember as a sartorial event, growing moustaches for the month of November does provide a serious symbol of raising prostate cancer awareness, specifically targeted at men from the ages of 21-25. It’s a difficult topic and conversation to bring up at that age, as many young men feel a level of invincibility. Yet cancer knows no age, and the goal of Movember is to raise awareness for annual check-ups for early detection of prostate cancer, and an overall healthy lifestyle. What began locally in Australia in 1999, Movember is now a worldwide event that also addresses mental health issues.

The numbers are alarming – 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 238,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, and men are 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are with breast cancer. Yet with early detection, prostate cancer has a 97% chance of survival. Symptoms include a slow flow of urine, frequent urination, and urinating at night. Family history (men with fathers or brothers diagnosed with prostate cancer are twice as likely to be diagnosed) and ethnicity (African Americans are twice as more likely to develop prostate cancer) must be taken into consideration. A healthy, active lifestyle may have an impact – although the biggest difference one can make, and the point of Movember, is for annual check-ups and early detection.

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