The Hairy Tale Of Global Foundation Movember

 

"This Movember be the difference in a man's life."

That's the first thing you read as you click on Movember's website (movember.com). And what an inspiration for all of us! Let me tell you a bit about this movement born in Melbourne, Australia.

Founded in 2003 by friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, Movember is now a global foundation inspiring support from over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world. Raising awareness on men's health and prostate cancer, Movember founded 1,200 men’s health projects across some 20 countries! Impressive right? 

But that's not all. Movember has also helped raise awareness on suicide prevention and has teamed up with various organizations to help fund ovarian and breast cancer researches. 

What is prostate cancer?

According to Movember's data, prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. So what is this disease that is affecting so many men across the globe?

Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, which is something only men have.  It's the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger with age. When some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal it often results in a tumor. It may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. If left untreated, the cancer cells may spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body such as the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumors in a process known as metastasis.

Gentlemen, know the symptoms. Feel something? Say something.

Learn to know what feels normal in your testicules and check them regularly. If something doesn't feel right or you experience the signs and symptoms below, call your doctor. Always consult your doctor and avoid self-diagnosis. 

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Treatments for prostate cancer

There are several treatment options. Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action. But here is some information you can find on Movember's website:

  • Active Surveillance
  • Prostatectomy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Help stop men dying too young

That's what YOU can do today. Join The Pink Wing in support of Movember and make a difference in a man's life.

Too many men stay silent about this health crisis because they don't know that it's OK to talk about it and that there is a safe place to get information and find support. 

YOU can help. Here are a few things that help make a difference:

  • DONATE to Movember. Click here.
  • Men: shave your facial hair and let it all grow back during the entire month of November. Post a picture on your social media and tag #Movember and #thepinkwing
  • Women: you can help too! Share this blog with your friends and family and help spread awareness on this health issue. Write about it on social media and tag #Movember and #thepinkwing
  • Join Movember here.
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Thank you for reading and please share this and help make a difference. You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.

If you have or have survived prostate cancer and would like to share your story to inspire other men and help save lives, please contact The Pink Wing here. We'd love to share your story online and will respect your anonymity if you so desire.

Always consult a doctor and seek professional advice and treatment. For more information on prostate cancer and the Movember foundation click here.

Donate to Movember here.

Join Movember here.

Mimi, your coach.