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Health Matters: Movember

Health Matters: Movember
05 November 2019

Dr Mike Clark, clinical lead for men’s health at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Movember

This Movember I’m urging people to grow a ‘tash, host an event and get moving.

Movember was started by two friends in Australia in the pub one night. Back in 2003, they decided that encouraging blokes to grow a moustache and seek sponsorship would be a great way to raise money for men’s health.

Since then, Movember has funded 1,250 projects around the world while more than five million people have joined the effort.

Not only have they done astonishing work overseas with projects such as True North, a global care project that aims to improve quality of life for men with prostate cancer both during and after diagnosis, but they have also developed centres of excellence in both Belfast and Manchester, bringing together both experts and trainees for maximum effect. Alongside this they have funded more than £2m worth of projects and pilot studies in the UK to help find a cure for cancer.

Movember has three main areas of interest: mental health, testicular and prostate cancer all being as important as each other.

In the case of prostate cancer, early detection can increase your chances of living beyond five years by 62 per cent. If you’re aged 50 or over you should get your prostate tested, reducing to 45 per cent if you’re black or have a family history of it as you’re two and a half times as likely to get prostate cancer. Symptoms can be found here uk.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer.

It’s the most common cancer among men with one in eight being diagnosed but Movember has pushed progress forward 50 years through thinking differently, collaborating and investing quickly into what works.

Testicular cancer is prominent in young men, every month you should ‘give them a feel’ to make sure there are no abnormalities. For a step-by-step guide to ‘Know thy nuts’, visit uk.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer. By 2030 the aim is to halve the men dying from prostate and testicular cancer.

In the UK 75 per cent of suicides are male so we’re urging men to talk, ask, listen, encourage action and check in. Movember is aiming to reduce male suicides by 25 per cent by 2030. We can’t afford to wait.

For more information on Movember, mental health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and the ways you can help visit uk.movember.com/?home.