Movember 2011: Why I’m Doing This

Movember 2011: Why I’m Doing This

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I owe everything to Doug French (Laid Off Dad, Dad 2.0 Summit, Movember page) for reaching out, lighting a fire and staying on point. His powerful alliance of dad bloggers has raised, as of this writing, over $10,000 US. Incredible! Our team is part of a larger group, The Digital Challenge Network. In that network, our team is closing in on the second place Team Austin. The Digital Challenge has raised $64,000 US as I write this. Many of you have likely already donated to my team or team members . Thank you! My prostate thanks you. I can’t be sure day to day, but I think my wife thanks you as well.

If you haven’t yet donated, I’d appreciate any amount you can give. I’ll match all of my donations, effectively doubling your contribution. I’ve slacked too much already to be a serious contender, but I thought I’d remind the remaining dozens of readers that it’s not too late to donate! I’m hoping to hit $200 this year. If I can add my $200? That would be sweet:

And now, some men’s health stats that are alarming:

  • Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women. This bears repeating: Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women.
  • The average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 77 years old compared to 82).
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 3 women will be.
  • Evidence suggests that about a third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur will be related to obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and thus could be prevented.
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • 240,890 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and 33,720 men will die.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
  • 8,290 men will be diagnosed with the disease and 350 will die.
  • Smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths.
  • An estimated 115,060 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 85,600 men will die from the disease.
  • While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 450 men will die from the disease
  • The most common cancer in the US, skin cancer strikes 1 in 5 Americans.
  • An estimated 43,890 men will be diagnosed with skin cancer and 8,080 men will die from the disease.
  • An estimated 13 million adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes- and a third do not know it.
  • Approximately 50 million men and women in the US have high blood pressure- almost 30 per cent of them do not know it.
  • About 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, and blood pressure tends to rise with age.
  • 1 in 8 men who suffer from mental illness actually seek help (
  • 24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women

You can read the whole situation on the Movember men’s health page. Dudes! See a doctor! Take better care of ourselves!