Supporting Men’s Health
Movember is a national movement that takes place each November to raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention in men. Men are dying on average six years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. Comprehensive Cancer Centers recognizes that Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis, engaging men to understand challenges and accelerate change.
The Movember Foundation is investing in research to find out how to give men the best possible outcomes after their diagnosis. Together with a coalition of Men’s Health Partners from around the globe, the Foundation is tackling critical issues facing men to bring experts and men living with prostate cancer together from across the world to find answers and solutions.
The annual Movember campaign is crucial in getting men information they need to take charge of their health, make informed treatment decisions, and empower them to take action where necessary. These and many other programs help practices like Comprehensive Cancer to raise awareness, leading to earlier diagnoses and associated improved treatment outcomes.
Get Active to Get Healthy
Men are eating more and exercising less, which is a challenge since being active has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and other health issues. While reduced health risks is a great reason to get active, being active builds friendships, promotes good mental health and even encourages men to lead healthier lives.
A great program launched as part of the Movember movement is MOVE, a 30-day fitness challenge during the month of Movember. The challenge is to do 30 MOVEs in 30 days. How you MOVE is up to you.
MOVE also helps drive efforts to look into ways of increasing opportunities for men to be physically active. The program is looking at ways to mobilize at-risk groups, including men of low socioeconomic status and men who are out of work, so that they can enjoy the benefits of an active life.
Get Mentally Fit in Movember
Poor mental health affects men across the community and means that they cannot live their lives to the fullest. Even worse, too many men try to remain “strong and in control,” feeling that asking for help is unmanly and weak. Connecting with friends and family helps to protect men from poor mental health when the tough times come, but too often men feel they can’t share their problems. This attitude also leads to fewer men getting screenings that can lead to an early diagnosis.
To give men and boys the best chance of a happier, healthier and longer life, the Movember Foundation is working to determine how to improve the social networks of men and implement the findings. The Foundation is helping to develop better strategies so that men have the support they need to address their mental health problems, rather than trying to go it alone. This involves finding ways to encourage men to talk about significant life events and their mental health at work or on the sports field or while watching a game.
The Movember Foundation is also actively involved in calling out language that makes it harder for men to discuss their problems with friends. While the movement is working with men and boys across the community, including Mo Bros, the Foundation is putting a particular focus on men from harder to reach population groups who have a higher rate of poor mental health and suicide. Through working closely with these groups, the Movember Foundation has the biggest opportunity to have an everlasting impact on men’s health.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers is proud to support Movember and men’s health. The practice provides a variety of treatment options for men’s cancers, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. For certain cancers, clinical research may provide new treatment options not yet fully available. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.