If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking, “That’s not how you spell November.” (Thank goodness you’re not like me, right?) But I didn’t make an error. It’s really Movember.
Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson, cares.
What is Movember, you ask?
It’s an awareness-to-action movement concerning prostate cancer and men’s health issues.
Why should you care?
- “Having cancer is great!” said no one ever.
- Men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- African American men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- Men over 50 years of age are most at risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- A man is twice as likely to develop prostate cancer if their immediate male family members developed it prior to the age of 60.
- Poor diet and lack of exercise can lead to prostate cancer (among other things)
- If detected and treated early, treatment of prostate cancer has a 97% success rate.
- Weigh your options. Getting touched down under by a medical professional every few years (every year for dudes over 50)… or finding out that you have prostate cancer and wracking up a ton of debt because you were too much of a baby to go to the doctor…. HRRRMMM????? *wiggles mustache*
- Stigmatizing men’s health is for babies. And not the cute kind, but the gross, snotty, poop sack of a going-to-grow-up-to-be-a-snotty-teenager-then-snotty-adult kind of baby.
What you should know:
- This isn’t the 1800’s, this is the present and you are the future. Get checked, tell your dude friends and family to get checked.
- “BUT I DON’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE! BUT I DON’T HAVE THE MONEY!”
- There are NON-INVASIVE methods of getting checked for prostate cancer. Read up on the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test. It’ll look for high levels of a protein, specifically produced by prostate cells, which could be caused by a number of reasons (but a high level is a good red flag that something might be wrong).
- Even ladies can participate in Movember and promoting prostate cancer awareness. Talk with your man friends, your man bros, your man dads, etc. Ask if they’ve gotten checked. Ask them to tell their dude bros, too.
For your viewing pleasure, I hassled everyone in the office for photos and responses (below) regarding what they were doing to promote prostate cancer awareness. Here’s some of our staff showing that they care about the health of our friends, family, and coworkers!
When asked what they were doing to promote prostate cancer awareness, some of my coworkers responded with:
- “I try to promote healthy lifestyles through eating well (lots of fruits and vegetables, less processed stuff).”
- “Cancer runs in our family, so I’ll tell my brothers and father to get checked. I’ll also try to show my son that men’s health is an important issue.”
- “I’ll tell my husband!”
- “I already got checked this year!”
- “I’m gonna get checked once I can afford it.”
- “I’m gonna google what I can do!”
- “Didn’t know that there was a non-invasive exam…”
Some more images:
And that’s it! Simple, right? Go from mustache to MUSTACTION. Have fun with Movember and mustaches in general, but don’t forget to acknowledge that prostate cancer is a real men’s health issue that CAN be treated!
We leave you now with a big mustache salute and a talk from Nick Offerman!!