“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi
No shave November or Movember is a movement celebrated in November, where men grow their moustache for a month to raise awareness about issues like Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer and Mental health and suicide prevention. In 2003, Melbourne, Australia, a group of men decided to not shave the entire month of November. Next year, they started collecting funds to raise awareness about Prostate cancer. Before they knew it, the movement had gained momentum and was being practiced in 21 other countries, including India.
The idea of the movement is to get more and more men involved so that they can raise awareness about issues concerning them. By encouraging men to be a part of the movement, Movember aims at letting men take their health seriously and take steps to detect early signs of cancer and mental illness. Especially men, who have a family history of cancer, are encouraged to get screened early on. This ensures a higher rate of preventable deaths.
In the last 15 years, the Movember foundation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world and as per their website, by 2030, they will reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
Each year, there are more than 1 million cases of Prostate cancer and a 100 thousand cases of Testicular cancer reported in India alone. According to a study published in 2016, India accounts for 24% of global suicide deaths in men. Apart from these ailments, hernia is another common issue amongst men.
In the wake of these numbers, it becomes even more important that there needs to be a strong focus on health issues plaguing men. Which is exactly why this movement is hugely supported by celebrities like Ranveer Singh and cricketers like Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja.
Here’s how you can do your bit:
- Get yourself screened and checked for Testicular cancer
- Take elderly men in your family to do the same
- Make it a habit to get a prostate examination done annually
- Encourage yourself and other men to take care of their mental health
- Seek help in case you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health issue
Although taking care of one’s health is a lifetime commitment, it is good to have a month dedicated to raising awareness and taking charge of one’s health. Movember is followed right after ‘Pink October’, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and men and women alike should do the best they can to ensure a healthy life.
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