Durban – Men have to make man time, stay connected and have open talks about their health.
This is the view of mum blogger, business woman and former Miss South Africa, Jo-Ann Strauss, before World Men's Day on November 19th. The day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world but also increases awareness of men's health issues.
Jo-Ann, whose father Johan Strauss is in recession from prostate cancer, says he is lucky to have her dad still in her life. She believes that women must play an important role in encouraging men to be more open to their health.
"Women have to talk to men in their lives and encourage them to go for regular health checks, such as PSA. Causes like Movember are vital to sensitization and ultimately help men to live healthier, happier and longer lives, "says Strauss.
According to the 2014 National Cancer Registry, the life expectancy for prostate cancer in South African men is 1 in 19. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-39. Poor mental health leads to 14 men taking their own lives every day at a local level.
"All over the world, men die on average six years younger than women and for reasons that can be avoided to a large extent. It does not have to be that way. We have to make a stop to stop men from dying too young, "says Garron Gsell, Managing Director and Founder of the Anders Foundation, who grows up and cares for the Movember campaign in South Africa under the permission of the Global Movember Foundation.
"Your companions are important and the time that goes with them is good for you." Follow regularly, check and take time, "you have open talks about your health, you do not have to be an expert and you do not have to be the only solution. there for someone, listening and giving your time can be saved, "says Gsell.
At 40, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and if it's right to have a PSA test. If you have a father or a brother with prostate cancer, you should have this discussion even earlier. Meet your numbers, know the risk and talk to your doctor. Take regular exercise – Move more. And get regular checks. If something does not feel right, go to the doctor.
All funds raised during the Movember campaign relate to awareness-raising, education, research and survival programs related to male health in South Africa.
The Independent on Saturday