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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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National Men’s Health Awareness Month

June is an important month for men. Not only is it National Men’s Health Awareness month, but Father’s Day falls on this Sunday, June 16. It’s an appropriate time to keep perspective on what’s truly important. Health is something that many men gloss over, especially with a career and a family taking precedence. Daily health is one of those things that men don’t think about until confronted with a situation. This blog has already talked about how to live longer. Taking care of your health doesn’t have to be time consuming. By focusing on a couple small things every day, men can drastically improve their health. The key idea to focus on is prevention.

There are several types of preventative measures. Exercise and diet are the two most important pieces of prevention. Humans are meant to be active – the positive impact of exercise has been documented many times. Exercise doesn’t necessary mean going to the gym. It can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further away when going to the grocery store. Diet is also essential. As the blog post about living longer discusses, eating less meat and more vegetables (and less food in general), as well as cutting down on sugary drinks, can have a significant effect on maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure. Last but certainly not least, getting regular checkups is essential.

Small preventative steps can have a large impact in the long run. By being aware of these steps, men can ensure that they’ll be around for many National Men’s Health Awareness Months in June and Father’s Days to come.

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