Who are you wearing your mustache for?
Movember (a combination of the words “mustache” and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of mustaches to raise men’s cancer awareness. It aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, Movember encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Movember awareness facts
Why all the fuss about Movember? Check out these facts from our friends at American Cancer Society:
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men after skin cancer; one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- Risk factors for developing prostate cancer include being age 50 or older; having African-American ancestry; having a family history of a brother, father or son with prostate cancer; and eating a high-fat diet.
- Testicular cancer is rare and can often be cured with no long-term side effects. About half of testicular cancers occur in men between the ages of 20 and 34.
- Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Treatment for colorectal cancer has improved over the last several years; there are now more than 1 million survivors in the U.S.
- The first sign of testicular cancer is usually easy to detect as a lump or one testes feels larger or harder than the other. Read American Cancer Society tips for performing a testicular self-exam. See your doctor right away if there are any changes in your testicles.
- There are no early warning signs of prostate cancer. Prostate symptoms can be caused by cancer as it grow, but they also can be caused by an enlarged, noncancerous prostate or a urinary tract infection. Schedule an appointment with a Park Nicollet Primary Care clinician or Urologist if you have prostate symptoms such as:
- A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
- Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
- A weak or interrupted urinary stream
- Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
- Inability to urinate standing up
- A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Colorectal cancer may cause one or more of the symptoms below. If you have any of the following you should see your doctor:
- A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
- Rectal bleeding, dark stools or blood in the stool (often, though, the stool will look normal)
- Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
Encourage the men in your life to schedule a screening or evaluation:
Movember mustache photo contest
All month long, you’re encouraged to avoid razors and grow thick, bushy mustaches in celebration of men’s cancer awareness. We know that men often need “friendly” coaching from their wives or loved ones to schedule colon, prostate and testicular cancer screenings. That’s why we’re asking “who are you wearing your mustache for?” Is it for yourself, or someone you love?
Grow an instant Movember mustache
– print one out for your kids and family members who are without whiskers.
to participate in our Movember photo contest for a chance to win big prizes. We’re giving away a fully-stocked suite for a Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball or hockey game, gift cards, tickets and more.