RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! We’re not kidding. This Movember – a worldwide campaign that raises awareness on Men’s Health issues like depression and prostate and testicular cancer — Whizz is tying up with Running Heroes Australia to inspire you to get your butt off the couch and exercise.
Why exercise can save your life
Men just aren’t taking care of themselves enough. Movember Australia’s website paints the scary facts: “Men are dying too young. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women. Three quarters of suicides are by men [one dies every minute]. Cases of prostate and testicular cancer are expected to double by 2030.”
Get Mo’ving, man.
Even just 30 minutes of exercise a day lowers your risk for cancer, heart attack and stroke. It also gives you a flood of endorphins that help relieve stress and prevent burn out and depression.
But despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that exercise lowers your risk for nearly every men’s health issue you can think of, most guys say “I’m too busy!” or “I’m tired” or… well, what’s your excuse?
Whizz and Running Heroes wants to give you an extra reason to get out and get moving! Running Heroes is a website application that’s connected to your running app or connectivity watch. Each time you hit the pavement, you earn points you can redeem for a home clean!
Get on your feet, come home to a treat
“Guys, Whizz gives you two ways you can get healthier and happier right now,” says Mark Bernberg, CEO of Whizz Technologies. “First, you have more free time. Household chores can take up to three hours of your weekend – time you can spend running, going out with friends, and doing what you love. Second, through Running Heroes, you can earn discounts on your home cleans. You save money – and you save your life.”
How does the promo work? Every 100 points gets you $20 off your first two home cleans. When you join, you’ll be signed up for a weekly subscription to be able to conveniently monitor and process your discount – but you can cancel at any time.
While the promo runs (no pun intended) only until January 31, 2016, Whizz hopes that it encourages more men to scale back, delegate the unimportant stuff, and put more time into their health and well-being. “Men always think that they need to do more. But sometimes you have to do less in order to be more. Whizz is here to take care of your home, so you can take care of yourself.”
The leading risk factor for breast cancer? Simply being a woman. While men can get it, it’s 100 times more common in women. In fact, 85% of those diagnosed with breast cancer had no family history.
But you still have more control over cancer – and your health – thank you think. Our lifestyle choices can turn off genetic switches and slash our risk. Here area some things you can do.
Know your breasts
Monthly self exams are one way. You can also ask for a mammogram and ask your radiologist for your breast density score. Some women have more tissue than fat in breasts. Tissue – like tumors – show up white in tests, so it’s more difficult to spot a problem. If you do have dense breasts, you can ask your doctor about adding MRIs and ultrasounds to your screenings, tripling your odds of early detection.
Get your butt off the couch
Like you need another reason to get moving, aside from better cardiac health and beachworthy abs? The more fat you have in your body, the more estrogen you have – and estrogen is linked to cell overgrowth. The American Cancer Society found that women who’d gained 21 to 30 pounds since they 18 increased their risk by 40%, and that excess body weight can contribute to as much as 1 out 5 cases of cancer-related deaths. Exercise lowers fat and increases your ratio of “good” estrogens vs. “bad estrogens” which can mess with your body.
The sweet spot: 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise. That’s just half an hour of brisk walking — you can do it!
Love your greens (and vinaigrette)
The magic ingredient is carotenoids – cancer-fighting supernutrients that lower your brest cancer risk by as much as 19%. They’re found in leafy greans, carrots, red peppers, tomatoes. You might want to drizzle a little olive into that. New study of 4,000 women found that those who used it in preparing food lowered their risk by 68%, thanks to a cancer-fighting ingredient called oleocanthal.
Slow down on those cocktails
Any more than 1 drink a day increases your risk for cancer. And no, drinking 7 margaritas on Friday does not keep you in the “safe zone.”
Ask mom and dad about your family medical history
Yes, even your dad. Men can carry the gene that’s linked to cancer. If it runs in your family, again – don’t panic. Just include it in your consultations with your doctor, who can increase your screenings or take it into consideration when he’s treating you for other conditions.
You are your own breast friend. Monthly breast self exams (BSE) can help you spot any lumps or changes in tissue that can signal early signs of breast cancer. Use our easy checklist, based on recommendations from the American Cancer Society and Whizz right through it.
What to look for
Basically, any change in the shape or size of the breast or unusual marks, such as:
1. Unexplained swelling or shrinking on one side
2. Recent asymmetry (many women have one slightly larger breast, but if it this is a new thing, check it out)
3. A nipple that is slightly inward or inverted
4. Swelling, redness, scaling or dimpling of the skin
5. Unusual discharge
Pick a day of the month
Hormonal fluctuations can change breast tissue, so pick the same day every month so you can tell the difference between a normal change and something worth a checkup. Best day is the end of your period, when your breasts are the least tender and your hormones have balanced out.
Stand in front of the mirror
Keep your shoulders straight and your arms on the hip and check for the symptoms above. Lift your arms for another look. All good? Fantastic!
Now for a closer look. Use your right hand to feel your left breast, and left hand to feel your right breast. With a firm, smooth touch and fingers flat and kept together, feel for any lumps. Move in small, circular motions from top to bottom and side to side. Start from your collarbone to your abdomen, and then your armpit to your cleavage. Some women like to move from top to bottom, like a lawn-mower. Whatever works for you!
Increase pressure on the medium tissue in the middle of your reasts, and deep pressure on the skin near your back (enough to make you feel your ribcage). But no jabs that makes you yelp in pain – you’re looking for lumps, not mining for gold.
Repeat the test while sitting or standing up.
Oh no, I found a lump!
First, don’t panic. Most often, these symptoms are not cancer, but they should be checked out by a doctor so the problem can be diagnosed and treated.
All clear – everything’s normal!
We’re just as happy and relieved as you are to hear that! Pat yourself on the back for being so proactive about your health. Share this info with your friends so they’ll enjoy that feeling too.