Movember: Changing the face of men’s health

Movember: Changing the face of men’s health

This month is dedicated to the annual event Movember.  The campaign runs from 1 – 30 November and involves the growing of moustaches to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as depression in men, prostate cancer and other male cancers and associated charities. 

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The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health”.

Movember aims to increase awareness by detecting early signs of cancer, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.  As well as annual check-ups, Movember also encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

To raise awareness we’re running a competition. There’s a £100 prize in Highstreet vouchers for the best moustache grown. All you need to do is send a before and after photo to Tara.mccarty@altrad.com with your details. Closing date is 30 November. The winner will be drawn the first week in December.

Five things to do

  1. Spend time with people who make you feel good. Staying connected with people and, spending time with friends is good for you
  2. Talk more – being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be lifesaving
  3. Know the numbers – Between 45 and 50 years old, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test (prostate-specific antigen). If you feel there is something not right speak to your doctor at any time. DON’T WAIT.
  4. Know thy nuts. Simple – Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
  5. Move more – Add more activity to your day, take the stairs instead of the lift, take a walk at lunchtime, park further away than normal. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.

Prostate Cancer Awareness

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.

Testicular Awareness

If you notice a change in size or shape, a lump that wasn’t there before, or if they become painful to touch, see a doctor. Don’t panic, but do get it checked out.

Mental Health Awareness

TO BE A MAN OF LESS ANXIETY, YOU NEED TO BE A MAN OF MORE WORDS

Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide. In the United Kingdom, 75% of suicides are men.
What Can we do?
  • Talk
  • Listen
  • Encourage Action

Check-in

  • To speak with someone immediately, contact Samaritans on 116 123.
  • If life is in danger, call 999 or go directly to emergency services.
  • Use the Company EAP telephone line 0800 0280871