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Are you ready for Men’s Health Movember?

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Daniel Sharp
November 1, 2022
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Growing a sweet mustache (or beard) can be good for your mental health. However, Movember is about your physical health as well!

Men all over the world are growing out their facial hair to raise awareness of important men's health issues. Some of the bigger issues facing men are testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and men's suicide, to name a few.

Prostate problems

The National Institute on Aging encourages men to talk to their doctor if you have the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urge to urinate 
  • Need to get up many times during the night to urinate 
  • Blood in urine or semen 
  • Pain or burning urination 
  • Painful ejaculation 
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, pelvic or rectal area, or upper thighs 
  • Dribbling of urine

Testicular cancer 

The National Cancer Institute states, “Most testicular cancers can be cured, even if diagnosed at an advanced stage.”  Furthermore, “Testicular cancer is very rare, but it is the most common cancer found in men between the ages of 15 and 34.” To find out more about screening, click here.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Stressful times can lead to dark emotions. Trust me, I’ve been there. However, the good news is that there is hope. I’m living proof you do not have to spend your life under a storm cloud. 

If you are thinking about taking your own life, call 988 right now. This has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

If you just need someone to help you sort through your emotions, organizations like Headstrong, Military OneSource, The Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Psychological Health Center of Excellence are available for Military and Veterans.

If you want to explore privatized counseling, BetterHelp and Talkspace allow you to chat with a professional from your own phone.

Cops can access this link to see resources provided by the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. EMS can visit this link for resources tailored to them.

You can also view an additional list of free and confidential resources provided by the CDC that are also available, by clicking here.

All of this proves that a quick internet search can yield an assload of resources to help whatever battle you may be fighting inside. The hardest part can be admitting you need help, or even committing to seeking it out. Once you get past those obstacles, you will see your life improve.

Spread the world with your friends and family, and make sure to take care of yourself and each other this Movember!

About the author: Daniel Sharp is an OIF and OEF veteran who deployed five times while serving in the United States Marine Corps infantry. He is the founder of Pop Smoke Media, and an advocate for veterans, and those still serving. 
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