October 5, 2023

Movember: It’s Not About the ’Stache

This year, 9,190 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 288,300 with prostate cancer. With early detection, the 5-year survival rate is 95% or better. Source: American Cancer Society

Mo ’bros put the focus on men’s health

Did you know? Men die an average of 4.5 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. In addition, one man dies by suicide worldwide every minute of every day. 

Changing these statistics is what Movember is all about. Guys, let that “lip and chin foliage” symbolize two ways you pledge to take charge of your health and well-being: 

  1. Get preventive care. An annual wellness visit covers all the basics, including your family history, current health habits, and a physical exam. Your doctor will discuss preventive care for men, including tests for prostate and testicular cancer, and other conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Remember that early detection of serious health issues improves your chances of a full recovery and helps you stay active. 
    Before you break out the razor, make an appointment for an annual wellness exam. There is no cost to Active employees (or for other preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) when you choose an in-network provider.
  2. Be aware of your mental health. Men are just as likely as women to experience depression, anxiety, or stress…but less likely to acknowledge their struggle or seek help. As a result, men are more likely to engage in risky behaviors (such as substance abuse) or attempt suicide. 

Are you struggling with anxious or hopeless thoughts, sleeplessness, or loss of interest in activities you enjoy? Are you avoiding friends, or self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Talk to your medical health provider to rule out any health issues, and consider confidential, online visits with a therapist to help you identify strategies to get your life back on track. Go to MDLIVE.com/regence-or, download the MDLIVE app on your phone, or call 1 (888) 725-3097. There’s no cost to you.

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