Movember 2020

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Health Assured team

21 October 2020

According to research from the Movember Foundation, 70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends.


Hosted every year in November, Movember is an annual awareness event that asks men to abstain from shaving for a whole month to raise awareness of men’s health issues—specifically prostate and testicular cancer, male mental health and suicide prevention.


Here, we have broken down the three areas of men’s health that Movember focuses on and the signs to look out for in either yourself or the men in your life:


1. Mental health & suicide prevention

Research carried out by the Movember Foundation charity has shown that 83% of men find it helpful to be asked if they are having a difficult time - but 46% said no one had done so during the coronavirus pandemic.


The Movember campaign encourages individuals across the globe to have conversations with the men in their lives who might be struggling with their mental health.


Spotting the signs: Suicidal behaviours can vary from person to person. While a very difficult task, the most effective method of suicide prevention is to recognise these warning signs and know the appropriate responses.

Behavioural signs include the individual;

  • talking about death or suicide
  • saying that they are a burden
  • losing interest in their favourite activities
  • giving away possessions and saying goodbye to family and friends


2. Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour. In the UK, a man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes, while in Ireland, prostate cancer accounts for 23% of all new cancers in men.


Spotting the signs: 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


3. Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is considered as a relatively rare type of cancer, however it’s still the most common cancer in young men aged between 15 and 34.


Spotting the signs: Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer and over 90% of cases can be cured during its early stages, but it must be treated quickly.

Signs to look out for include:

  • painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles
  • a change in shape or texture of the testicles


How can I get involved?

Moustaches in Movember: Help raise awareness for men’s health by growing your moustache for 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 run or walk 60kmfor the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the worldover the course of November. Sign up here!

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. For example, a virtual ‘shave down’ party - a group shave-off of facial hair at the beginning and end of November.



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