Men across the country are embracing their inner lumberjacks this month, and for a good cause: It’s No-Shave November as well as Movember, movements celebrating men’s beards and/or moustaches in an effort to bring awareness to health issues unique to men.
Take a quick glance around you: Are you seeing an increase in men sporting facial hair this month? If so, it’s likely all part of movements called “No-Shave November” and “Movember,” both embracing men’s facial hair in an effort to raise awareness for men’s health. In commemoration, we’ve put together a handy infographic to help men plan screenings at upcoming doctor visits.
Why is it important to highlight men’s health issues? As it turns out, gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men around the world, this means on average they die six years earlier than women. So what can we do to improve these statistics?
To maintain health as we age, it is important to understand our body’s changing needs. In addition to the common sense actions such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet, it is recommended that you visit your doctor regularly for age-related screenings.
Screenings for Men
Knowing which screenings are recommended can be confusing. This easy-to-use guide will help you make the most of your doctor appointments at any age. Keep in mind your doctor may have different recommendations based on your current health and family history.
To learn about the screenings offered at Renown Health that help detect issues at a more treatable stage, visit our “Men’s Health” page.
No-Shave November and Movember: Historical Retrospective
The no-shave movement became official in the fall of 2009, when a Chicago family decided to use it as a means to raise money for charity. Matthew Hill passed away from colon cancer in November 2007, and only a few years later his eight children began raising money in his honor.
“Every November for the past six years, these No-Shavers have donated the cost of grooming (from a few dollars on razors to $100 on a salon visit) and helped our organization raise over $2 million dollars to date,” the Hill family writes on its website. “As a family run, web-based organization, No-Shave November has grown exponentially since 2009. Our goal is to keep raising money for cancer prevention, education, and research and to let that hair grow in the process!”
Movember began in 2003, ostensibly as a movement by two Australian friends to bring the moustache back into style. Inspired by the moustache’s ability to generate a conversation, the crew decided to take things to the next level in 2004, registering the Movember Foundation and creating a website. Funds raised went to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Approximately 480 people raised about $40,851 that year.
Eleven years later, the Movember Foundation was ranked 72nd out of the top 500 NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the world. Roughly 4.75 million participants have raised $649 million and contributed to 832 men’s health projects since 2003.
Men’s health is an important issue. However you decide to celebrate this month, please pass along this infographic and remind the men in your life to take advantage of preventive screenings to maintain their health.