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Movember Part 1 - Month of awareness for the men in our lives » Empowered Women's Channel


As we transition from October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we move into Movember. Movember (a word combining mustache and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of mustaches on men to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male diseases. Now ladies, we know our channel is geared towards empowered women, however you know how much we love beards… 🙂 and we want to make sure the special men in our lives are healthy and taken care of as well! Therefore, we have created some helpful tips for you to share with the men in your life to be proactive in warding off illness and disease.

Raising awareness is the key to prevention of all disease. As we addressed in October for Breast Cancer Awareness, there are many contributing factors that lead to disease so it is important to be aware of these influences in order for you to take preventative measures against your risks before they have a chance to start.

Issues such as prostate cancer and male infertility are on the rise. Movember helps bring awareness to these issues but Men must also focus on what circumstances contribute to these problems. Men should be just as aware of their environmental surroundings, personal well-being, body care ingredients, etc. as women should be; as all of these factors have an impact on one’s health.

Skin care can cause breast cancerThe chemicals his skin is absorbing everyday?

Take shaving cream ingredients for example, do you know the health implications of propolene glycol, triethanolamine, or sodium lauryl sulphate?  Those are just some of the many ingredients found in shaving cream. Propelene glycol, is a humectant, frequently found in antifreeze and brake fluid. Triethanolamine, is an emulsifying agent that is a very controversial ingredient in the skin care industry because it is known to be a skin irritant and often found to be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer. Sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate are two more controversial skin care ingredients. These make great lather, but they also have a number of health implications. Lauryl mimics estrogen in the body, and laureth often hosts a known carcinogen called dioxane.

Additionally, mineral oil, found in many shaving creams and lotions is an ingredient you definitely do not want to put on your face or body. Mineral oil is derived from petroleum; yes, petroleum oil, AKA gasoline! Mineral oil adds a layer onto your skin. It blocks your pores and does not allow anything in or anything out of your skin. It basically suffocates your skin and does not allow it to breath and detoxify naturally.

Ever heard of male breast cancer?

Personal care products such as deodorants and antiperspirants contain harmful ingredients such as: aluminum, parabens, triclosan, talc, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrance, and phthalates. Aluminum is a metal which mimics the female hormone estrogen in the body (estrogen containing chemicals and additives are important to be aware of as adding estrogen into the men’s system compounds with many other estrogen additives in body care products and from diet such as from soy and can accumulate and change the balance of testosterone in the body).

Aluminum can also cause direct damage to DNA in the body’s systems. Although aluminum and breast cancer have not been directly linked, a concentration of aluminum has been found in breast tissue in the highest levels in the area of the breast near the underarm region where most breast cancers are originally diagnosed. Although less common than in women, breast cancer is still a 1 in 1,000 lifetime risk for men and all these factors should be taken into consideration.

Stay tuned ladies in Part 2 we are going to talking colognes and sharing with you some healthy alternatives to keep men healthy and happy!