As a global men’s health movement, the Movember Foundation seeks to contribute to improving the lives of men around the world. To achieve this, they challenge men to grow moustaches during November to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Since relatively humble beginnings back in 2003 in Australia, the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one with official campaigns in 21 countries inspiring support from over 4 million people around the world.
This year I am participating in the Movember challenge. My wife, Jan, is the director of the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital and she convinced me to grow facial hair for the first time since college. My father and son – three generations raising awareness about men’s health — are joining me in this challenge.
Men’s health is a subject that needs more discussion, more funding and more action.
My father is a prostate cancer survivor, so I have a greater chance of being diagnosed at some point in my life. I want other men to be more aware of the health risks they face and to take action to remain well.
All men are urged to learn and talk more about their health and take action when needed. Getting a physical and speaking candidly with your doctor is a great place to start.
To learn more about the Movember Foundation or how you can get involved, visit their website for more information: http://us.movember.com/