For the past few years, you may have noticed that when November rolls around, there is a lot of facial hair out. That's probably because men are participating in moustache proliferation: growing out their facial hair from the first of the month for the Movember Foundation and raising awareness for men's health, shining a light on issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity.


Take a minute to review some of the health facts below to see why we feel that supporting men’s health initiatives are so important:

  • Testicular Cancer is the most common Cancer in men aged 25-49.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
  • 12.1% of men 18 years and over are in fair or poor health.
  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • Every 19 minutes, a man loses his life to prostate cancer.
  • Risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15 – 35 years.
  • 9% of men survive testicular cancer for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall slightly to 98% surviving for five years or more.


Symptoms of testicular cancer include:

  • A lump in either testicle.
  • An enlarged (swollen) testicle.
  • A dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin.
  • A sudden gathering of fluid in the scrotum.
  • Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
  • Low back pain.
  • Swollen breasts.


If you recognize any of these factors, what steps can you take to protect yourself?

Eat Foods That Are Cancer-Protective

  • Basil contains monoterpenes, which are antioxidants known for their cancer preventive effects.
  • Garlic, onions, and chives contain allylic sulphides, which have antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.
  • Various berries are very high in bioflavonoids called proanthocyanidins and catechins, strong antioxidants known for their anticancer effects.
  • Green and black tea contains polyphenols, which have potent antioxidant and anticancer effects.
  • Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, rutabaga and mustard greens are vegetables all high in indoles, sulfoxide, and 5-methyl-methionine, all of which have potent anticancer effects.
  • Citrus fruits contain not only vitamin C but also numerous bioflavonoids including quercetin and limonoids. High doses of vitamin C and the bioflavonoids have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anticancer effects.
  • Flax seeds, hempseed oil, and fatty fish (salmon, catfish, mackerel, trout) have a high content of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-fatty acids as well as lignins (soluble fibres), which have anti-inflammatory effects and can inhibit the cancer-causing effects of high estrogen levels.


Take Daily Supplements

  • Multivitamin and minerals – take one capsule daily of a multi that contains antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and herbs with cancer preventive effects.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – 100 mg daily. Cancer patients have been found to have deficiencies of CoQ10, a fact that is important in both prevention and treatment. Studies indicate that high doses of CoQ10 (400 mg or more daily) can prevent the distant spread of breast cancer.