Let’s Talk: Movember

Moustache November, or “Movember” is a global awareness campaign for men’s health. The aim of it is to get men talking about prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health mainly. How it’s done, is for the men to be clean shaven at the beginning of the month, and grow a moustache (I see beards now too) over the month, and when they’re asked about the moustache, they begin to discuss those three issues, screening and donating to foundations that do research and so forth. You can read more about it here

What caught my attention was that it was “Global”. The aim is global… and all this time, I didn’t even think it was a thing in Zimbabwe. And it’s not. Not really. It has to be a thing though!

Did you know:

  • Prostate cancer accounts for about 17.8% of cancers among black Zimbabwean men, and 12.1 percent of non-black Zimbabwean men?
  • The Black African race is at increased risk for development of prostate cancer?
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Source: 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting
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Source: 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Men are more likely to seek help when the disease is advanced.
  • Testicular cancer may not be as common in Zimbabwe, but it is worrying still. It tends to affect the 15-40 year age range, so it is important to be vigilant.
  • Male suicides in Zimbabwe have been steadily going up, with about 489 cases in 2016, compared to 348 in 2015.

The Movember Foundation was started to help us start talking about these conditions in men and start doing something about it. Let’s encourage the men in our lives: dads, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, sons, etc. to get screened, to be aware of the issues surrounding them.

Since I can’t grow a moustache, I will be focusing on hair growth for the month of November, in solidarity with my facial-hair growing brothers. I’ll be giving tips and advice on healthy hair growth! I’ll also be throwing in little fun facts on men’s health to hopefully raise awareness. Let’s start these conversations on men’s health.

 

Until next time… your Quarter Wife.

 


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