Since 2003, men and women from across the globe have joined together in an unusual way to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues in the month of November. Dubbed “Movember” by its supporters, the movement brings attention to male diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental disorders. Male supporters of the movement, otherwise known as “Mo Bros,” grow mustaches to support the movement while its female supporters, known as “Mo Sistas,” support the cause by helping to get the word out and making sure their men get checked regularly.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. In 2013, ACS estimates that more than 230,000 cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer. The good news is 2.5 million men in the United States diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.
Early detection is critical.
The average age at the time of diagnosis for testicular cancer is 33. In 2013, ACS estimates that almost 8,000 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed and about 370 men will die from this disease. “Movember” takes men’s health issues one step farther by not only concentrating on the body, but also on the mind.
Mental disorders affect nearly 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race or gender. Men, in particular, have less awareness of their own mental illness than women. Men often don’t seek the help they need because of the associated stigma of shame and embarrassment related to it.
“Movember” is a movement created to change these statistics. “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” get out in front of these sensitive topics and share their stories. “Mo Bros” can have a lot of fun growing their moustaches, spreading the word and raising money. While “Mo Sista” can’t grow the ‘stache, they can certainly do everything else.
“Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc. has always been about the health of the individuals its serves, “said president David Zanze. “Awareness campaigns like “Movember” increase early detection and early detection saves lives. We’re proud to be a supporter,” he added.
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