Abarca goes all in this Movember by bringing awareness to Men’s Health

Movember is an annual campaign involving the growing of mustaches and other activities during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as Prostate and Testicular Cancers, as well as mental health. Abarca goes all in to offer men and their families greater clarity on when to get tested, and empowering them with the information to make life-saving choices. 

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer (PC) occurs from mutations in genes in the prostate and is the 2nd most common type of cancer in men in the country. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with the disease, but did you know that PC is 99% treatable if detected early? Prevention and early detection can be a game-changer. Learn more about prostate cancer prevention. 

Knowing your risks is more than half the battle. Risk factors for PC include family history, genetic factors, race, lifestyle, and dietary habits. Take this quick quiz from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to find out when you should start talking to your doctor about screening

It is essential to keep in mind that cancer is estimated to be 42% preventable with certain lifestyle changes. This invaluable resource includes everyday changes you can make to keep your body safe from the kinds of cell damage related to all forms of cancer.

 

Testicular Cancer

On the other hand, testicular cancer (TC) is generally rare but is the most common cancer found in males ages 15 to 34. It’s also one of the easiest cancers to cure. About 95% of those survive more than five years after its found.

Unfortunately, many men with TC have no known risk factors, and those that are known can not be changed. For these reasons, it’s not possible to prevent most cases of TC. Risk factors for testicular cancer include an undescended testicle, family history, HIV infection, carcinoma in situ of the testicle, race, and body size. 

Early detection can save lives! Get an appointment with your doctor if you feel anything new, abnormal, or painful in that area. Find out how testicular cancer is tested for, diagnosed, and staged. With a proper exam, your doctor can provide various tests to get to the bottom of what it is you’re feeling. Read more on causes, risk factors and prevention of TC, as well as treatment options available as provided by the American Cancer Society. 

Mental Health

Movember was initially focused on prostate and testicular cancers but has widened its views and, in time, has added mental health issues amongst men, old and young, to its mission.

Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, measures like isolation and statewide lockdowns were put in place to negate and reduce the spread of the deadly virus. These measures have impacted how we all socialize, and for those who relied on this as their only source of connection with other people, you can bet that it has taken a toll on their physical and psychological health.

Suicide, among other mental health issues, has been increasing throughout the years. With the reduced intimacy, bonding, and social activities resulting from the pandemic, one can only imagine how those numbers will look like by the end of the year.

A May survey from Movember found that almost half of the percentage of men from 4 different countries said no one has checked on them since the beginning of the pandemic. These check-ins are one way to reduce/prevent suicide – as it has been shown in numerous studies.

Movember has taken the initiative and released several digital tools to help keep men connected and mentally healthy throughout these digital times. You can find more about these tools by heading into the following link.

As part of our mission in finding a better way in healthcare, Abarca takes action this Movember by bringing awareness to Prostate and Testicular Cancers, as well as Mental Health, through education and critical information on screening and prevention that can ultimately save lives. If you haven’t checked in on the physical and mental wellbeing of the men in your lives lately, today is the day.

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This blog was written by Lillian Colón-López, MPH, Pharm. D., Clinical Client Advisor, and Juan Vilaro, Rebate Contract Analyst, at Abarca Health.

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