Movember Raises Awareness for Prostate Cancer

November 17, 2015 11:43 am Last Updated: November 17, 2015 2:54 pm

Movember is an annual campaign that runs throughout the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health.

It is held by The Movember Foundation, which is a leading global organization dedicated to supporting men’s health. The campaign challenges men to grow moustaches to bring awareness about men’s health. They also strive to raise money for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues.

The goal of Movember is “to change the face of men’s health.” To date, The Movember Foundation has raised $650 million and is currently funding over 1,000 year round programs in numerous countries. The efforts made as a result of this annual campaign continue to improve and save the lives of men who are greatly affected by these issues each year.

Many of the common diseases that men often suffer from, such as prostate cancer, are preventable. It is important for men to know the facts and how they can reduce their risk.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, behind lung cancer. It is also the most common type of cancer in men other than skin cancer. The cancer begins in the prostate gland, which is a small walnut-shaped gland that is responsible for the production of seminal fluid.

Prostate cancer is also known as the “silent killer”. In most cases, the disease progresses rather slowly. However, some men have a more aggressive growing disease which can spread fast. Early detection is essential in order to catch prostate cancer in the early stages when it is still confined to the prostate gland. When prostate cancer is found early, there is a high chance of curing the disease.

Key statistics for prostate cancer:

  • It is estimated that in 2015 in the United States, there will be about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer and about 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer.
  • About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and about 1 in 38 men will die of prostate cancer.
  • About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
  • While prostate cancer is a serious disease, most men will not die from it.

Dr. David B. Samadi. (Courtesy David B. Samadi)
Dr. David B. Samadi.(Courtesy David B. Samadi)

 

 

Dr. David Samadi is the chairman of the urology department and chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is a medical correspondent for the Fox News Channel’s Medical A-Team. Learn more at  RoboticOncology.com and visit Dr. Samadi’s blog: SamadiMD.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.