It’s that Movember time of year again, as I’m sure you’re aware. Movember is now a highly successful international campaign to raise awareness about men’s health, particularly prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and the importance of physical activity. And the moustache is the badge – much like the pink ribbon is the badge for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The State of Men’s Health in the UK
• Average life expectancy for men in the UK is 4 years less (78.7) than that for women (82.6)
• Men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer and a 37% higher risk of dying from it
• More than 2/3 of men in the UK are overweight or obese
• 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
(Taken from the Movember website)
• Men visit their GPs 20% less frequently, and are less likely to use other healthy living services e.g. pharmacy, stop smoking, weight management and health trainers
• Circulatory diseases kill more men than any other disease and the rate is over 50% higher than that for women
• The biggest single cause of death in men is cancer
• The number of new cases of prostate cancer have climbed to over 34,000 a year
• 75% of people who kill themselves are men
• One in 8 men is dependent on alcohol and men are 3 times as likely to become dependent on alcohol
• Physically active men have a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death, and up to 50% reduced risk of developing major chronic diseases
• Men who walk or cycle for at least 30 minutes a day have a 34% lower risk of dying from cancer than the men who do less exercise or nothing at all
The reasons for the poor state of men’s health are numerous and complex and include:
• Lack of awareness and understanding of the health issues men face
• Men not openly discussing their health and how they’re feeling
• Reluctance to take action when men don’t feel physical or mentally well
• Men engaging in risky activities that threaten their health
• Stigmas surrounding mental health
The Movember Foundation aims to change this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, the idea is to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health and take action when needed.
As a global men’s health movement, the Movember Foundation has the ambition to contribute to improving the lives of men around the world. This will be achieved through programs we fund in the areas of – Awareness & Education, Living with Cancer, Research and Mental Health. We see success as moving the dial on progress towards:
• Reduced mortality from prostate, testicular cancer and men’s suicide
• Men living with prostate or testicular cancer being physically and mentally well
• Men and boys understanding how to be mentally healthy and taking action when they experience mental health problems
• Men and boys with mental health problems not being discriminated against
Movember are campaigning and raising money to fund research into prostate and testicular cancer, and into men’s mental health
Movember is about bringing back the moustache (Mo), having fun and doing good to change the face of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Mo Bros take action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking, talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.
The moustache is our ribbon – it’s our way of generating conversations, awareness and raising funds for men’s health.
For details about the Movember campaign visit:
Movember UK on Facebook
Time to get hairy for men’s health!!!!
How you can get involved:
- Visit uk.movember.com or Movember UK on Facebook to see what the Mo brothers and sista’s are up to this year.
- Encourage the men at your project/workplace to grow some facial hair – and sponsor them. Donate monies raised to Movember UK.
- Put on a display about men’s health – encourage the blokes to think about their health. Please find attached some info about men’s health. You can get leaflets from the Manchester Health & Well-Being Service’s Library at Fallowfield Library, Platt Lane (upstairs) or if you want some help drop me an email.
- Sponsored by and working with the Healthy Living Network, Wythenshawe FM 97.2 have produced news features and promo’s on Movember and men’s health issues. Listen in to breakfast, lunch time and drive time shows to hear some of these features. Many thanks to Wythenshawe FM and the news team for their usual professional job!
It’s time to get some facial hair to promote men’s health!