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Top five things to know and do this Movember!

Around the world, brothers, partners, sons and fathers are all dying younger than they should and we want to raise awareness of men’s health this Movember by highlighting some of the biggest killers: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide.

Globally, men die on average six years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK

Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Men who are black, and men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.

If you’re 50, you should be talking to your doctor about PSA testing. If you’re black, you need to start that conversation at 45. And if you have a brother or father with prostate cancer in their history, do it at 45. Find out more on the NHS website

Testicular cancer strikes early. It’s the most common cancer in young men in the UK

In United Kingdom, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men.

Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history, like a father or brother who has had testicular cancer, are at an increased risk. And if you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also a heightened risk it could return. Find out more on the NHS website

Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide

One in four adults experience a mental health issue during their lifetime. During Movember, the campaign to raise awareness of men’s health, we’re calling on men of all ages to talk about their mental health and ask for help if they need it.

NHS Mental Health Services – Provides information on services available for anyone concerned with mental health problems.

Mind – Provides information and support to make sure no-one has to face a mental health problem alone through a infoline and text service.

Calm – Seeks to prevent male suicide offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via their helpline and website.

Papyrus – Aims to reduce stigma associated with suicide and increase awareness of young suicide through phone, SMS and email advice services.

To speak with someone immediately, contact Samaritans on 116 123.

If life is in danger, call 999 or go directly to emergency services.

Top five things to know, and do

  1. Spend time with people that make you feel good

Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.

  1. Talk more

You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.

  1. Know the numbers

At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are black or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.

  1. 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.

  1. Move, more

Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good.

To find out more and get involved in the Movember campaign visit https://uk.movember.com/

Updated 19/11/2020