This No Shave November, Let’s Raise Awareness About Men’s Health
Dear men, this November, let those beards grow wild and free, but for a cause.
(International Men's Day is celebrated every year on 19 November. FIT is republishing this story on men's health in this light.)
It is time a conversation around men’s health became part of the mainstream narrative, and No Shave November is here to make the task easier.
No, this is not just a social media hashtag or a movement to let men be lazy for a month. It is instead an attempt to start a conversation around cancer – specifically in men. Nearly 200,000 men die of cancer in India every year.
These numbers can be dramatically brought down with early screening and detection. Bottom line, so many lives don’t have to be lost to create awareness.
Oral and lung cancer are the leading cause of cancer in men.
According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), one in eight men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
Prostate cancer is the second most common among men worldwide with a steep rise in India. Cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Pune have seen a 2.5 percent rise in prostate cancer every year. By 2030, 1.7 million new cases will be added to the long list. Doctors encourage men above 40 to get early prostate check ups.
Another common kind of cancer among men is that of the colon and the rectum, which largely affects those above 50. Testicular cancer or cancer in the testicles, while rare in India, affects men between 20 to 35 years old.
So this November, dear men, let those beards grow wild and free and remember, donate the money you would have spent on grooming them to a cancer institute of your choice.
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