Men are not the best at talking about things. I don’t think saying that is going to upset anyone. We are especially inept at discussing issues of health. I’m a prime example – I once waited to tell someone about my appendix nearly rupturing because I didn’t want to bother anyone, while trying to convince myself that I just had to poop really badly. Men grow old with “creaky knees,” “bad backs,” and “just some pain” because, generally speaking, we’re stubborn idiot children.
One-in-seven men will be diagnosed with prostate
cancer during their lifetime. ONE-IN-SEVEN!
It doesn’t have to be that way. Disregarding the signals our body sends us doesn’t make you any more of a “man,” just as waiting for my appendix to burst (sending me to an end most certainly worse than just waking my dad up to tell him something was wrong would have) didn’t show anyone how “tough” and “strong” I was. It showed how freaking stupid I was. And there are men, teens, husbands, fathers, sons, uncles, and brothers worldwide that live (and die) like that. Ridiculous.
Each year, men around the world shave clean the morning of November 1st (or October 31st, if you’re ambitious), and grow a mustache through the entire month. The aim is simple – people ask you about your mustache, you tell them about Movember and hit them with some cold truths about men’s health issues.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-35 years
Along with spreading this information, they’re also encouraged to solicit donations towards the Movember organization, 83.8% of which goes directly to programs that deal with men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer, mental health, and even aiding in helping first time dads prepare for fatherhood. Pretty awesome, no?
Conor got us started with Movember four years ago at Wittenberg University, and to this date we talk throughout the whole year about how excited we are for November 1st to come around. Not only are we helping bring light to men’s health issues around the world, but we also get to grow awesome mustaches while we do it (okay, mine is not so awesome. Thanks, Dad, for the genetics).
In 2010, a total of 38,364 Americans died by suicide
and over three-quarters (79%) of these suicides were men
We can’t do it alone though. We need the help of our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. So that’s why we ask you to join the Bald & Bearded Movember team this year and help us change the face of men’s health. If you can donate a little – awesome. If you can spread some info – just as awesome. We as a people can’t stay silent any longer on the issues of men’s health. There’s nothing “tough” or “cool” about an early death from a disease that could have been handled if we just were open with our doctors and families.
Shave tomorrow morning, and grow that ‘mo. We look forward to you joining us.