Movember focuses on men’s health as SVFHC welcomes two new male docs
A growing men’s health movement around the world, Movember is a combination of the word moustache, or “mo”, and November.
St. Vincent Health invites men to “Grow a mo!” this month to put the focus on men’s health and the lifesaving power of mental health and suicide prevention, and early detection of prostate and testicular cancer.
Globally, men die on average five years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. In Movember, men are reminded to take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives through a five-point strategy:
- Spend time with people who make you feel good. Movember mentors believe that positive peer relationships — to both give and get support — are essential to a full and healthy life.
- Talk more. Often, men aren’t comfortable reaching out and opening up. If someone you care about seems to be going through a tough time, they might not talk about it even if they want to. The first step in looking out for them is reaching out.
- Know the numbers. Prostate cancer risk increases with age and is the second-most common cancer in men. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing is a simple blood test, recommended for all men at age 50 and for some populations at age 45.
- Perform a simple monthly testicular self-exam. Testicular cancer is the number one cancer among young men ages 15-39, yet 62 percent of those who are most at risk don’t know how to check themselves. The good news is that’s it’s easy, and there are resources at https://us.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer.
- Move, more. Add more activity to your day. Everyday. Walking, team sports, exercise class and the gym all count.
This Movember, the St. Vincent Family Health Center welcomes Dr. Ryan Sullivan and Dr. David Stuart to the practice; they’re accepting new patients now. Learn more about them at www.StVincent.Health.