We are now half way through November and 2020 is coming close to an end. Although everyone is focused on getting the last of their assignments done and thinking about what to buy for Christmas, it is important to remember to support issues and causes around the world. By staying aware of battles that people have to fight everyday and showing support, we can come closer to a solution.

November is a significant month as it is also known as “Movember”. Throughout the month of November, men grow their facial hair out in order to raise money for men's health. The primary cause the money goes to towards is mens suicide prevention, although it also goes towards prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Their goal is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030. The organization who started the charity month aims to challenge the status quo on mens health in order to fund projects all over the world to support men's health.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is marked by an uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. Typically this form of cancer is found in older men, however, it is still found in younger men as well. It is advised that men get checked for cancer at the age of 50. However, if there is a history of the cancer in your family or you are of African or Caribbean descent, it is advised you get checked at the age of 45. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in Canada amongst men.

Testicular Cancer

Testicles are responsible for the production of male hormones and sperm. Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour that develops in one or both testicles. There are several types of testicular cancer, but the most common is the germ cell tumour. This form of cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in Canada amongst young men.

Men’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Mental health is an important part of anyones life, however, men tend to open up less about issues they are facing leading to high rates of suicide. The most one can do to help this is have those difficult conversations with your loved ones, to talk about stuff that really matters. These may not be easy conversations to have, but they can make a significant difference. You are encouraged to go beyond small talk and have more meaningful conversations about bigger things in life.

This month, in support of Movember, the SBSS will be holding a bingo night where all donations will be put towards men's health. The event will take place on Tuesday the 24th so be sure to sign up!

The information found above as well as additional information can be found at the Movember campaigns website:

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