Yes, with an “m.” That’s right.
If you’re like me, maybe you previously had no idea what people were referring to when they mysteriously replaced an “n” with an “m” when the 11th month rolled around.
So let’s talk about it, shall we?
November is men’s health awareness month, and growing a mustache all month long has become a symbol of recognition and support.
Hence, the term MOvember.
Speaking of which, do you think mustache or moustache is correct?
Of special concern is the sobering static that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It’s an uncomfortable topic that nobody wants to talk about, but it’s a scary reality.
I’m a woman, of course, as I know many of you who read my blog are.
But we all have dads, grandpas, or uncles who are important to us. And many of them hate going to the doctor.
Some of you also have husbands, brothers, or sons who need to be frequently reminded to take control of their health and well-being.
Why am I writing about this, you may be wondering?
Well, in the dairy community a special Movember Dairy campaign has emerged, specifically focusing on men’s health and wellness issues for farmers. I’ve been asked to help bring awareness to it because of my own strong connection to dairy.
The ultimate goal is to encourage and support all in the dairy community to get screened regularly for prostate cancer. If detected early the cure rate is very high, which makes early detection so crucial.
While I know this is an important month to focus on the health of all men, there are a few key reasons why we especially need to reach out to farmers.
First, they generally live in rural areas with less access or long distances to healthcare. So — they don’t see their doctor as often.
Dairy farmers also work 7 days a week year-round. They get busy and are often more worried about taking care of their cows than themselves. Going to the doctor just isn’t a high priority.
As a woman with a dairy farmer dad, dairy farmer father-in-law, and dairy farmer husband, I know how stubborn these farmer types can be. 🙂
While health screenings and doctor visits is a hard topic to broach, it’s worth it to make sure those you love are taking care of themselves.
Just like any other disease, those fighting it need support and hope along with treatment. Being able to talk about the challenges instead of staying silent can definitely help in the process.
In the last decade I feel like we’ve made amazing strides as a country in supporting breast cancer patients, broadening the pink ribbon campaign, and raising money for women’s health research. We talk about breast cancer to destroy the past stigma of the disease and bring awareness and hope.
With time and effort, I hope we can work toward this for men’s health too.
For further resources on the Movember Dairy initiative, check out Movember Dairy on Facebook.
And for more information on prostate cancer risk factors and testing, plus supporting the global Movember campaign, visit the Movember website.
And remember, if you see someone growing a particularly long mustache this month, you’ll have a good idea why.