Movember

Movember

While the iconic pink ribbon has represented breast cancer awareness and support for quite some time, male cancers – and men’s health in general – can often be overlooked. With cultural stigma in many societies surrounding men seeking medical attention as a sign of weakness, men often avoid visits to the doctor. In an attempt to raise awareness and funding for men’s health, two Australians inadvertently created one of the most dominant non-profit organizations in the world, around this very topic: Movember.

As relayed in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2012 report, an estimate 1.64 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer, in 2012, along with over 577,000 cancer-related deaths. While cancer treatments have become more and more effective with defeating, minimizing and slowing the growth of cancer – thus increasing life expectancy and lowering the mortality rate of cancer patients – prevention and early detection remain the most important factors. It is this point that National Cancer Control Month seeks to raise awareness for.

When it comes to beauty as it relates to complexion, one may say there are two dominant schools of thought: Eastern and Western. Cultural implications of beauty are pronounced in every single culture. Time has seen significant shifts in the image of beauty and thusly, so has cultural behavior.

Therapeutic Foods for Your Skin

Fine line wrinkle reducer, hydrating serum, acne treatment, skin brightening cream, powder foundation, liquid foundation- the array of available skincare products is dizzying and endless. In 2008, more than  $32 billion was spent on cosmetics. Currently, it is estimated that beauty-oriented consumers spend an excess of $159 billion. While these statistics make it very clear that the insatiable demand for beauty products will in no way slow down anytime soon, there is another school of beauty that argues you can actually eat your way to a healthy, radiant, glowing complexion. With nature as the guide, and science as the backbone let’s explore why these superfoods have proven their worth to pack a bigger punch, ounce for ounce, particularly in the long run.

How do you reach a generation of teens more influenced by Twitter than textbooks, teens who are more tuned into YouTube than public safety announcements, more hooked in by Jersey Shore than the safety messages put out by the dermatologist? It’s become increasingly challenging to convince ever-distracted youth of the dangers of tanning. A multitude of skin cancer awareness and prevention material is distributed daily through digital and print, but how do we most effectively get through to young adults?


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