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1) The average life expectancy for South African men is almost four years less than for women.
2) 1 in 6 South African men will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives.
3) Men are five times more likely to commit suicide than women, but are half as likely to seek help for their depression.
4) About 40% of men in South Africa were reported as being overweight or obese in 2013.
The Movember Foundation has published tips and guidelines to help men look after their health and identify danger signs. Please share them and make a donation so that we can work together to keep our men healthy.
October has been global Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I have shown my support with my pink ribbon and armband. In November the focus will be on men’s health and although I have raised funds for the Movember cause before, this is the first year that I will actually be growing a moustache.
For those who don’t know, Movember is a worldwide movement started in Australia a few years ago to raise awareness about men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. All men taking part in the Movember challenge must start out freshly shaven on the 1st of November and then grow a moustache over the course of the month. When someone asks about the facial caterpillar, an opportunity is created to discuss men’s health and explain the reason behind the moustache.
In South Africa the Movember Foundation is currently associated only with a cancer-related charity, namely the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). Globally, however, it also funds research and education programmes for men’s mental health issues. As a suicide attempt survivor, I am passionate about raising awareness of these issues and breaking the stigma of depression.
My goal is to raise R10,000 by the end of November 2014 for research, education and awareness programmes of men’s health issues. I would appreciate any support, so please help me to raise funds by donating through my Movember profile. If you would like to be active advocate for this cause (or grow your own mo’), I would love you to join my Movember team.