It’s a beautiful time of year November. The weather is finally getting warmer, the spring racing carnival is in full flight and we see some beautifully sculpted pieces of art growing on the upper lips of the few who are brave enough to grow a moustache!

In the spirit of Movember I’ll be growing a moustache during November, much to my partner’s disdain as we have a few social events coming up. Lucky its for a good cause!

The aim of Movember is to raise awareness for Men’s Health, something we definitely need help with. Focusing on Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer and Mental Health and Suicide Prevention which are the main causes of death in males.

Prostate Cancer Facts

The prostate is a gland that only males have with it’s main job to produce semen
– Gradually gets bigger as you age
– If detected early that 5 year survival rate is 98%, if detected late the survival rate is 26%
– A routine blood test checking your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is the primary method of testing for prostate cancer
– There may not be any other signs or symptoms
– Tends to effect middle aged to older men

The take away should be that this is something that can be easily tested for and can have good outcomes if detected early. No excuses for not talking to your GP about it when you turn 50.

Testicular Cancer Facts

– The testes are responsible for the production of male hormones such as testosterone and sperm
– Is the MOST COMMON cancer in young men
– Men who have a family history of testicular cancer or undescended testes at birth are at a higher risk.
– Is highly treatable, can often even be cured!

What you need to do is be familiar with the shape and feel of your testes. For some more information check out https://au.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Facts

– Globally, a Male dies of suicide every minute.
– 75% of suicides are by males
– 1 in 2 Australian men have had a mental health problem at some point in their life
– Suicide is the second leading cause of death in men aged 15-29yrs

If you think one of your mates may be struggling talk to them, listen to them, encourage them to get help and then check in on them – this can be as simple as catching up for a drink or shooting them a message. Most guys find it hard starting that conversation and you asking may be what they need to get the ball rolling.

Moustache Facts

– Albert Einstein had a moustache for over 50 years! So if you want to be smarter grow, a mo.
– Salvador Dali published a book purely about moustache’s, it’s a great bed time read.
– The average human hair grows at 0.014 inches per day. That must explain why my Mo takes so long to grow
– Men with Moustaches are more attractive

All fun and games aside it is important that we raise awareness for Mens Health and Movember is a great cause. If you would like to support my Moustache the link to my Mo Space is https://mobro.co/lachlancossens. Every little bit helps!

Here are some links for more information:

https://au.movember.com/?home

https://www.beyondblue.org.au

http://www.prostate.org.au

 

 

Article by Lachlan Cossens, Osteopath at McKinnon Osteopathy.

To book an appointment with Lachlan Click here or call on 9578 2436