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Movember returns each November to keep the conversation about men’s mental and physical health alive, and to remind all men of the importance of early detection and increased awareness of good health and wellbeing.
The three core health concerns that the Movember campaign focuses on are:
According to Prostate Cancer UK, roughly 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives in the UK. The chance of developing prostate cancer increases as men get older, as most cases develop in men aged 50 or older.
Symptoms of prostate cancer do not usually appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder. These symptoms include:
- Needing to urinate more often.
- Straining whilst you urinate.
- Feeling that your bladder has not fully - emptied.
The NHS states that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-49. Fortunately, testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer and more than 96% of cases will be completely cured during its early stages; but it is important that it is treated quickly.
Symptoms of testicular cancer include:
- Painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles.
- Change in shape or texture of the testicles.
It is vital for men to become familiar with their bodies to be able to recognise any physical changes. If you recognise any of the symptoms listed in this guidance, ensure that you make an appointment with your GP for further support.
According to Samaritans, men are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than women across the UK. Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk of suicide amongst men. The distress experienced at these times can distort your thinking so it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems or to connect with those who can offer support.
There are a number of factors that have been linked to an increased risk of suicide, including:
- Ongoing stressful situations such as unemployment, relationship difficulties or health issues.
- Previous family or personal history of mental illness.
- Harmful drug and alcohol use.
- Isolation or loneliness.
- Three out of four suicides in the UK are by men.
- Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 in the UK.
- Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent.
Moustaches in Movember - Help raise awareness for men’s health by growing your moustache for the month of November. You can raise funds by getting yourself sponsored by your friends, family and colleagues.
Take the MOVE challenge - MOVE is a 30-day physical fitness challenge organised by the Movember Foundation. It encourages people to commit to incorporate 30 new ‘moves’ into each day for the month of November. You can turn the challenge into a fundraising opportunity by gaining sponsorship from your co-workers.
Host a Mo-ment - Host a group fundraising event in your community to gather funds for life changing research to help stop men from dying prematurely. Examples include; arranging a sport match or a ‘shave down’ party - a group shave-off of facial hair at the beginning of November.
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