I’ve been doing Movember for a while. Five years, actually. I did also boycott Movember one year because I felt there was a lack of education surrounding men’s health issues.
One thing people don’t realize is that Movember has broadened its scope beyond prostate cancer. This is a good thing.
I’m very fortunate that the men in my family haven’t been affected by prostate cancer. But I feel connected to this fundraiser. As a health practitioner I feel strongly about cancer rates and although there are many determinants of cancer that we can’t control, like genetics, there are many determinants that we can think about and act on.
I guess I feel a commitment to raise awareness about healthy life styles and choices that can help prevent cancer.
The interesting thing about Movember is that many men don’t feel comfortable talking about prostates and testicular health. So the effect I’ve seen I think, with Movember, is that men are maybe being more open and vulnerable about health issues.
And that’s a good thing.
So see you in November!