What is Movember you ask? A little over a decade ago a movement started called “No shave November” to encourage people to grow out their facial hair (the more awkward the better) to bring awareness to men's health issues. This year, the focus of the Movember movement is bringing awareness to mental health as well as prostate and testicular cancer screening.
According to us.movember.com, globally, 1 man dies every minute of every day from suicide. Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions do not discriminate. They are issues that can affect any person. Now more than ever, there is evidence that the pandemic has negatively impacted almost everyone’s mental health in this country and across the world. There are many resources available locally and nationally to find the help that you need including: The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (208) 398-4357, the Southeast Idaho Behavioral Crisis Center seibcc.com, and The You Are Not Alone Network.
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Your pelvic floor muscles are part of your deep core muscles consisting of: Transverse Abdominis, multifidus on your back, pelvic floor and diaphragm. Pelvic floor functions to stabilize the bottom of your “core canister” Any increase in pressure to the canister (from holding your breath, straining, or even just lifting a heavy load) creates forces for your pelvic floor to control. Urine, gas or bowel leakage with lifting generally is a signal that your pelvic floor muscles are not working optimally. Some problems could be:
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer to affect North American men (1). Approximately 1 in 9 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. While it is less common for diagnosis in men under the age of 50, 1 in 59 men age 50-59 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and the rate shoots up to 1 in 13 for men age 70-79. Risk factors for prostate cancer include age, family history of cancer, genetic factors, race, lifestyle and dietary habits. 60% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over age 60. African American men are 76% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men, and more likely to die from the disease, obesity also increases the risk of prostate cancer as well as the risk of more serious side effects (2).