On average, men die six years earlier than women and although we’re reluctant to admit it, stigma clouds men’s health and prevents healthy dialogue. For too long, men have been told to ‘toughen up’ or ‘act like a man’ when it comes to serious health problems they face. The mask of masculinity is one that men have been slowly removing in recent times, although still plagued by toxic-masculinity; movements like Movember have been working earnestly to improve the lives of all our Bros.
In the month of November, it’s also pertinent that we acknowledge all those who served our country and fought for the freedoms that we all benefit from today.
Since 2003, Movember has funded 1,250 men’s health projects around the globe, primarily targeting prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Prostate cancer is beatable; if it’s diagnosed early, the survival rate beyond five years is 98%, if not discovered until late, the survival rate beyond five years drops to 26%. Similarly, if detected early, testicular cancer is extremely beatable. A huge part of the work Movember does is ensuring that these predominantly young men get back to living full and healthy lives.
Globally, a man takes his life every minute. In Canada, 75% of suicides are men. These statistics are more than troubling. Creating a dialogue around men’s mental health, Movember aims to reduce the rate of male suicides by 25% by 2030. Please, look out for one another, male or female.
To speak with someone immediately, contact your local crisis support line.
Our account manager, Lorcan Kelleher, has been growing his Mo since the beginning of the month with a group of friends from high school and university, raising money for a variety of different causes. So far, their team has raised $4,783 with the ultimate goal being $5,000. If you want to donate to their page, you can do so by clicking here.