Among black men, 19 percent — nearly one in five — will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and five percent of those will die from this disease. In fact, prostate cancer is the fourth most common reason overall for death in African-American men. Last year, I lost my best friend to colon cancer. He was only 43 years old.
Men often suffer in silence when it comes to physical and mental health. Around the world, on average, men die almost six years earlier than women. Globally, a man dies every minute from suicide.
Recently, the World Health Organization’s bulletin on men’s health states, “Health outcomes among men and boys continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women, yet this gender-based inequality in health has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or health-care providers.”
This is why organizations such as the Movember Foundation are so important. They bring much needed attention to the state of men’s health throughout the year, but especially during November. At the beginning of November, men around the world start clean shaven and then grow moustaches for the month to raise funds and awareness to combat prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health problems, and other men’s health issues.
I’ve participated in Movember for the past three years and I will continue to do so until cancer and other men’s health issues are eradicated. You can support my effort by donating here. Or your can start your own Movember campaign. To give you some inspiration, here are the Top 10 Moustaches in American American History.