It’s Movember – Time to Get Your Mustache On!

Movember is the event that brings awareness to men’s health issues and charities that support them by encouraging men to grow mustaches in the month of November.  As something that began in Adelaide, South Australia in 1999, it has now become an international phenomenon.  MOVEMBER

The Movember Foundation has since raised $174-million worldwide.[1]

Participants in the 30 day mustache growing challenge are referred to as “Mo Bros”. Not to be outdone, women can participate as well as a “Mo Sister. 

Funds raised focus on early detection, diagnosis and treatment of common men’s cancers like prostate and testicular. 

Their other priority is reducing the number of preventable deaths by encouraging annual checkups, awareness of family health history and adoption of healthier lifestyles.

The US chapter has an informative website on all things Movember:

1 IN 7 PROSTATE CANCERProstate Cancer Facts from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health:

 Approx. 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer

Estimated new cases and deathsfrom prostate cancer in the US in 2014: New cases: 233,000         Deaths: 29,480


Testicular Cancer Facts from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health:testicular cancer

Some signs and symptoms of testicular cancer: swelling, discomfort, or pain in either testicle, a dull ache in the lower abdomen or the groin, a sudden build-up of fluid or pain in the scrotum.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 20 to 35 years old

An ounce of prevention …

Keeping an eye on these numbers is crucial in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many types of cancer.

Waistline             Blood pressure                 Body Mass Index/Weight             Blood Glucose

HDL Cholesterol (healthy cholesterol)    LDL Cholesterol (unhealthy cholesterol)


Medical Business Systems Practice Management software, Iridium Suite, can assist your medical practice in collecting all reimbursements due

for all preventive services provided to your patients.

Keys to staying healthy …

Awareness of Family History            family health history                                 Exercise                          regular exercise

     Maintain a Healthy Diet and Weight    

Track your Body Mass Index (BMI).  Men with a waistline over 94CM have a greater risk of many preventable health problems. Eat in moderation a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts

Manage Stress   manage stress       Sleep Well                Moderate Alcohol/No Smoking  

The negative effects of long-term stress can bring on an illness or worsen it. How well you sleep influences your ability to cope with stress, how much you eat, your body’s metabolism, and the strength of your immune system.

 [1] Flandez, Raymund (2011-11-13). "Charity Tries New Messages and Logos Every Year – Marketing and Communications – The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas". Retrieved 2011-11-22.