What is Movember?

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If I am to guess, I would say 50% of men have no clue what Movember is all about.

Sadly, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Insufficient reading, a lack of self-education and complete ignorance have contributed to this situation. Personally, I have watched video content on different platforms, read about it and have distilled Movember to its simplest essence.

It is a month during which the global community comes together to raise awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide.

To create awareness of this, men around the globe grow moustaches.

Namibia operates a cancer programme under the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).

This organisation becomes crucial when either oneself or a close relative is diagnosed with cancer.

While cancer is more prevalent in men aged 45 and above, it is advisable to begin self-checks in one’s 30s already.
Most men with prostate cancer do not have any symptoms in the preliminary stages.

When symptoms do appear, they usually include frequent urination, especially at night, difficulty starting and maintaining urination, blood in the urine, and on rare occasions discomfort during ejaculation or urination.

In addition, although less frequently, problems getting or keeping an erection may also occur.

Dear men, be on the lookout for any odd changes in urination habits or associated pain.

The early detection and treatment of prostate cancer can be aided by routine tests and consultation with medical experts.

Additionally, the many symptoms and indicators of testicular cancer which men should be aware of include testicular enlargement or a tumor in one or both testicles.

Other significant signs include a sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum, a dull ache in the belly or groin, and a heaviness in the scrotum.

Another possible indication of testicular cancer is back pain.

To improve treatment outcomes and ensure successful outcomes in testicular cancer cases, it is imperative that men who observe any of these indicators consult healthcare professionals immediately, or contact CAN on (061) 237 740 or at help@can.org.na.

Frequent physical examination, self-examination and medical check-ups play a crucial role in maintaining reproductive health and identifying potential problems at an early stage.

Every week, if not daily, the local newspapers report on instances of men taking their own lives.

This distressing trend is particularly common among men aged between 30 and 50.

While everyone’s motivation for such a tragic act varies, recurring reasons include relationship or marital problems, addiction (to substances or negative habits) and spiritual matters.

In the face of such challenges, I passionately believe any problem can be resolved, whether swiftly or gradually over time.
Men, as a collective, we need to recognise the importance of seeking assistance through the appropriate channels. It is crucial to encourage open expression, allowing men to vent if necessary, and to shed tears if the need arises, dismissing the outdated ‘men don’t cry’ mentality.

Moreover, it is noteworthy that mental health is a fundamental part of the Movember movement.

While you may feel fine, it is important to consider the well-being of your father, nephew, son, male friends and even male colleagues.

Embracing the spirit of the men’s health movement, let us unite as Mo-Bros, advocating men’s mental health.

I am confident that we, as a community, can make improvements in promoting men’s mental well-being.
Let’s ‘Mo’ forward together!

– Meneer_SK is an advocate for men’s grooming and all matters
relating to men. Follow him on
Instagram @Meneer_SK

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