November 1st kicked off a month of fine mustache grooming in the name of raising awareness for mens health issues. Dubbed “Movember” (mustache combined with November) the movement originated back in 2003 in Australia. The idea is simple: Bring back the mustache as something fun, and a great way to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, a group of friends set out on a mission.
No money was raised in that first year, but the group realized how much of a conversation starter the mustache was, and how well it could be used to raise awareness for men’s health issues. The following year, 2004, the campaign turned its focus to raising awareness about the number 1 cancer affecting men: prostate cancer. Since then, the movement has grown by leaps and bounds and spread to other countries as well. In 2009 there were over 255,00 participants, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, and all together they raised an amazing $42 million that year.
This year, Movember expects to be bigger and better than ever. More participants, more money raised, and more men getting involved to raise awareness. In the US, the money raised this year will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Here at ThrityMag we challenge you to take a look at what Movember is doing, and get involved. You can join a Mo Team and help raise money, you can simply donate to a good cause, and much more. There are many ways you can get involved. Grow a Mo, and Save a Bro. Help kick cancer where cancer kicks guys most!
In the spirit of Movember, and of course the theme revolving around the number 30, I would like to present you with 30 statistics about men’s health you may or may not know. Prostate cancer is no the only affliction to affect males in the US. While raising awareness this month, I would like to also highlight other health issues that affect men. These statistics come from the CDC, The Men’s Health Network, Male Health Network, Men’s Health Consulting, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society
1.) The 3 most common cancers affecting men are cancers of the lungs, prostate, and colon.
2.) Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. Risk factors include age, family history, and race.
3.) More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. This is true for both men and women, although death rates among men are higher than rates among women in the United States.
4.) Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. In 2006, 315,706 men died from it
5.) Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease
6.) In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women.
7.) Men make up over 92% of workplace deaths.
8.) The 10 leading causes of death among young men are accidents, homicide, suicide, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and influenza, cirrhosis of the liver, congenital abnormalities and stroke.
9.) An estimated 8.7 million adult men age 20 years or older in the U.S. have diabetes. Yet, almost one third of them do not know it.
10.) Low testosterone affects approximately 4 to 5 million American men. However, it is estimated that only 5 percent of affected men currently receive testosterone replacement therapy.
11.) In the U.S., it is estimated that over two million men have osteoporosis and approximately 12 million men have low bone mass, putting them at higher risk for development of osteoporosis later in life. It is expected that by 2020, over 20 million men will have low bone mass and osteoporosis.
12.) Compared to women, men know less about health and take less responsibility for it.
13.) Mental retardation afflicts one and a half times as many boys as girls.
14.) Sudden infant death syndrome is one and a half times as common in boys as in girls. Boys are three to four times as likely to be autistic.
15.) Males represent 47.9 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD)
16.) More than one in three adult men has some form of CVD.
17.) Coronary heart disease is the single major cause of death of American males, killing 224,510 in 2006. This represents 52.8 percent of deaths from CHD.
18.) It is estimated that about 32,050 men will die of prostate cancer in 2010
19.) Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 11% of cancer-related deaths in men.
20.) Men are more likely than women to commit suicide, and more likely to have been drinking prior to committing suicide.
21.) In 2007, almost three quarters of HIV/AIDS diagnoses among adolescents and adults were for males
22.) Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder that affects 1 in 5,000 male births.
23.) Percent of males under 65 years without health insurance coverage: 19%
24.) Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 20-35 but can occur any time after age 15.
25.) Men with diabetes are more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and vision problems.
26.) Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression and are 4x as likely to commit suicide
27.) Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men but can be almost totally prevented if men make lifestyle changes and take certain precautions. Risk factors include smoking, exposure to asbestos and radon.
28.) According the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition there is a 36% chance of surviving a stroke when you eat one apple a day. (talk about “an apple a day” …)
29.) Men have been ignoring health issues, warning signs, and so on, for FAR TOO LONG!
30.) It is time for men everywhere to “Man Up” and start getting the 411 on health issues, and learn what you can do to stay healthy, and prevent problems now and down the road