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Movember

Watch for the hairy lips on the Male staff at Pharmasave Ladysmith!

We are growing mustaches (or Mo’s) to raise awareness of Male Health Issues. Putting our upper lip forward towards raising funds to cure prostate cancer, and bring attention to Men’s Health Care Issues:  You can donate to the cause at : http://ca.movember.com/team/781065

The Whys:

The average life expectancy for men is four to five years less than women.

  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • In 2012, 26,500 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in men and 4,000 will lose their battle.
  • 1 in 4 cancer patients experience clinical depression.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian males between the ages of 15 and 29.
  • Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of cancer inCanada, responsible for over 37,000 death annually.
  • 1 in every 11 men will develop lung cancer.
  • While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 200 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 55 men will die from the disease.
  • More than 75,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year inCanada.
  • An estimated 6.6% of the population over the age of 20 has diabetes inCanada.
  • Approximately 6 million Canadian adults have high blood pressure, representing 19% of the adult      population; 17% are unaware of their condition. Even 30 year olds can have high blood pressure!
  • 1 in 5 of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness each year.
  • Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women.


The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in the Canada and around the world are numerous and complex and this is primarily due to a lack of awareness of the health issues men face. This can largely be attributed to the reluctance of men to openly discussing the subject due to longstanding traditions, coupled with an ‘it’ll be alright’ attitude. Men are less likely to schedule doctor appointments for an annual physical, unless they feel ill, thereby denying themselves the chance of early detection and effective treatment of common diseases. They are less likely to learn about their health risks and family history of illness.

Studies show that many men don’t get regular health checks for the following reasons:

  • Fear it will lead to a hospital visit.
  • Embarrassed to discuss their health issues.
  • And it too hard to see a doctor because they just can’t fit it into their schedule.
  • Just can’t be bothered making an appointment.


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