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It’s MOVEMBER… and I’m proud to be a MO BRO

November 01

For the first time in over 20 years there isn’t a caterpillar over my top lip…

Why is it so important? Here are some facts about Men’s Health from the Movember website:

The average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 77 years old compared to 82).
1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 3 women will be.
Evidence suggests that about a third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur will be related to obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and thus could be prevented.
1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
240,890 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and 33,720 men will die.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
8,290 men will be diagnosed with the disease and 350 will die.
Smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths
An estimated 115,060 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 85,600 men will die from the disease.
While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 450 men will die from the disease
The most common cancer in the US, skin cancer strikes 1 in 5 Americans.
An estimated 43,890 men will be diagnosed with skin cancer and 8,080 men will die from the disease.
An estimated 13 million adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes- and a third do not know it.
Approximately 50 million men and women in the US have high blood pressure- almost 30 per cent of them do not know it.
About 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, and blood pressure tends to rise with age.
1 in 8 men who suffer from mental illness actually seek help (inspire.org)
Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women
24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women
Let’s face it, men are known to be more indifferent towards their health, especially when compared to the efforts of women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues in a way not traditionally seen with men. As a result, today the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for support of male health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind causes such as breast cancer. [1]

Prostate Cancer

The Stats

1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime – a new case is diagnosed every 2.2 minutes.
A man dies from prostate cancer every 15.6 minutes.
240,890 men will be diagnosed and 33,720 will lose their lives to the disease.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men.
A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The incidence rates are significantly higher in African American men.
97% occurs in men age 50 or older.
Prostate cancer is over 90% curable -if detected and treated in its earliest stages.
While there are cases of prostate cancer showing up in younger men, it is recommended that men begin an annual screening at age 50 and at age 40 if there is a family history. [2]

Testicular Cancer

The Stats

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
The number of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has grown by approximately 60% over the past 35 years, but the reason for this is not known.
8,290 new cases of testicular cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2011
350 men will die from testicular cancer in 2011 [3]

SO…. I’ve donated my face to Movember & men’s health, please give so it may grow: http://mobro.co/jeffzaffino

 

Donate to Movember and help fund research into testicular and prostate cancer

If you know me, you know I am (was) VERY attached to my stache… It was TRULY a big deal to shave it off (even if I could regrow it), but it was the very least I could do to support this all important cause… Surely you can spare a buck or two to show your support.

I am looking into some kind of prize for the highest donation, SO stay tuned for that.

If I raise over $20.00 by Friday November 4th, I’ll post pics before and after pics of my freshly shaved mug.

With or without the prize PLEASE give to Movember and help fund research into testicular and prostate cancer.

 

[1] http://us.movember.com/mens-health/

[2] http://us.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer/

[3] http://us.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer

 

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