“Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.”

The Movember Foundation was started in Australia in 2004. It is a not for profit, charitable organization that implements a month long event called Movember each year in the month of November. Movember’s goal is to raise awareness around men’s health issues and raises funds charities chosen by each country involved, focussing primarily on prostate cancer. Before the Movember movement, prostate cancer was pretty unknown and not talked about. Now, due to the raised awareness, it is hoped that men know the signs and when to access help. Symptoms don’t usually present themselves until the cancer has grown big enough to put pressure on the urethra, which then causes issues with needing to urinate more frquently and having issues when urinating. If you suspect you may have prostate cancer, it is highly advised that you visit a urologist like Advanced Urology who will handle your situation with care and compassion, and talk you through diagnosis and treatment methods. However, these symptoms don’t automatically mean prostate cancer, although it is advised that you visit a urologist anyway to find the cause (which usually involves prostate enlargement). Movember unites men and encourages discussions on any prostate related topic. Even discussing remedies such as prostagenix is encouraged. Additionally, by raising awareness about prostate health, it is hoped that more men will be encouraged to get in touch with a doctor if they notice any issues so that any ailments can be addressed and treated. For example, although an enlarged prostate can be a sign of cancer, sometimes this enlargement can be benign. Above all, it can sometimes be reassuring to learn that the risk of prostate cancer is no greater for men with an enlarged prostate than it is for men without an enlarged prostate. It is also important to remember that a benign enlarged prostate can be treated using medicines such as tadalafil. Tadalafil is a medication typically used to treat erection problems. You can learn more about tadalafil (commonly sold under the brand name of Cialis) on the Blink Health website. Ultimately, what works for some may not work for others and vice versa. Talking about men’s health not only helps people but also raises awareness and that could save lives.

These are the facts that scared me most while I was raising my own awareness:

  • Every year around 22,300 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • 4,300 die of the disease, making it the number one cancer threat to Canadian men
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men
  • Treated early and effectively, prostate cancer has a cure rate of over 90%.
  • 1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. 1 in 27 will die from it.

Canada’s Movember organization is the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada (PCRFC). They are our main supporters in eliminating and preventing prostate cancer. All funds raised in Canada go straight to the PCRFC.

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