Here at Whizz, we always ask, “What more can we do for you?” We’ll take calls after hours. We’ll roll up our sleeves on a fully-booked day and clean a home ourselves, rather than disappoint a customer who’s waiting for a Whizz.
So when Movember rolled in, and Marketing Manager Amandine Plas asked for volunteers to grow a moustache in honor of the global campaign that builds awareness for men’s Health issues, it was absolutely no surprise to us that Keyur Thakkar raised his hand. He wanted to give more. Or, in this case, Give Mo’.
An android geek with a mission
Keyur joined the Whizz tech team in September 2015 to help develop our Android app. “I’m basically an Android geek who plays with the Android droid to get more Whizzes in the city,” says this quiet, unassuming guy. But the Movember cause struck a chord in him.
Millions of men are just like him – hard workers who don’t raise a fuss about niggling aches or pains, and take stress in stride. But research shows that this Can-Do attitude has a flipside: since men rarely ask for help, they are at higher risk for undetected health problems, depression, and cancer. Movember Australia puts it pretty bluntly: “Men are dying too young.”
So that’s why Keyur volunteered – and this is just one of many things that the Whizz team will be doing for November this month. “We don’t speak a lot about man problems. I think it’s important to draw attention to this issues and raise funds to invest in biomedical and clinical research.”
He’s never grown a moustache and after just a few days into it he’s not quite sure how it will go. “So far so good… let’s see in one month what I will look like (wink).”
Whizz is proud of you, Keyur! If you’d like to join Keyur and Whizz and Give Mo’ this month, donate through his MoBro page
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.