The month of November is celebrated as a month to raise awareness about men's health including suicide prevention by growing moustaches and organising fundraisers.
Funds are raised around the globe for research to detect early signs of preventable cancers in men and talk openly about mental health as well.
Even though we have progressed as a race, we still think talking openly about serious mental and physical issues as taboo. Movember is here to change exactly that attitude. Their aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent by the year 2030.
One in six men is diagnosed with prostate cancer, while testicular cancer affects young men. There is a huge physical and mental implication of a diagnosis like that which alters quality and perception of life and associated setbacks of physical health.
Maintaining physical health and trying to stay active helps.
Most of us would not associate physiotherapy, exercise physiology or exercise in general as a means of cancer treatment, and as difficult as it seems to stay positive and active, it provides the best outcome measure in prolonging a healthy life.
Exercise has known benefits for improving mental health. It helps increase your body's happy hormone which has a direct impact on your mental health and the ability to understand and deal with situations.
Together as a community, we can do more, not just for our loved ones but also for the purpose of research and development, to be able to fund research which helps in early diagnosis and preventing untimely deaths.
Let's make this a team effort. Involve your doctors, carers, physiotherapists and other health practitioners to help you live your best life.
For more information, or if you wish to start a fundraiser or be more involved, visit the Movember site. There are inspirational people with inspirational stories, spreading hope and goodwill.
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