November means winter’s coming. Warm coats, cosy evenings, and hot drinks. But while leaves are falling off the trees, there’s new growth elsewhere – right under some of our noses – Movember arrives.
The Movember Campaign started back in 2004, when men in Australia started growing moustaches during November to raise money for prostate cancer.
Since then the campaign has expanded its focus and geographical reach. The idea isn’t simply to raise money for research. The Movember Foundation aims to encourage men to talk openly about their health issues and concerns, including testicular cancer, obesity and mental health problems.
The Movember Foundation has a specific goal, “by 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%”. To get there, they are raising awareness for men’s health issues and supporting men to live healthier lives.
- Helping men living with prostate or testicular cancer to be physically and mentally well.
- Helping men and boys understand how to be healthy mentally and take action when they experience mental health problems.
- Preventing men and boys with mental health problems from being discriminated against.
- Reducing mortality from prostate, testicular cancer and suicide in men.
In the spirit of Movember and sharing information about these conditions, here’s a quick guide to the men’s health issues it targets.
- There are 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year in the UK – this makes it the most common type of cancer affecting men in the country.
- The condition can go undiagnosed for a long time, because an enlarged prostate has no symptoms until it is big enough to start pressing on the urethra. When this happens, those with the condition will feel the urge to urinate more frequently than usual.
- Prostate cancer is more common in men over the age of 50.
- Symptoms include the need to urinate frequently and urgently, and difficulty urinating.
- To learn more about the UK’s Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme click here.
- Every year, around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK. This accounts for 1% of male cancers.
- This usually affects men between the ages of 15 and 49.
- Testicular cancer usually shows itself as a lump on the testicles. As such, men can easily test themselves by regularly checking their testicles for any changes.
- More than 96% of patients with testicular cancer will be completely cured of the disease.
- You should always see your GP if you notice a lump or abnormality on or in your testicles or scrotum.
- Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women.
- A similar number of men and women experience mental health problems, but men are much less likely to seek help.
- One in ten men experience some form of mental health problem after the birth of their first child.
- The health charity MIND suggests that men are most worried about money, job security and work.
- The highest rates of suicide are among men aged 30 to 44.
- Men feeling depressed can seek confidential advice from their GP, or call MIND on 0300 123 3393.
- A quarter of all UK adults are classed as obese.
- People with obesity are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, stroke and depression.
- There are many causes of obesity. Some are well-known, such as poor diet, lack of exercise and drinking a lot of alcohol. Others are less obvious: certain conditions, such as thyroid problems, can contribute to weight gain.
- The best way to treat obesity is through lifestyle changes. These include reducing the calories consumed in a day, exercising regularly during the week, and eating more slowly and mindfully.
- There is medication that can be taken, such as the prescription-only weight loss pills Xenical. This can prevent any additional weight being gained and can help you lose weight, but only if used as part of a weight loss regime. Surgery, such as gastric bands, is also an option, but it is advised only in extreme cases.
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