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Health and Wellbeing

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by The Town Crier



Men are generally more indifferent towards their health than women; they are more reluctant to openly discuss their personal health issues and less likely to see their GP. Movember’s campaign objective is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men. Prostate and testicular cancers are highly curable if caught in the early stages. Movember aims to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, as this will ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer.

The Movember campaign puts a fun twist on the serious issue of men’s health by encouraging men to grow a moustache during November. “Mo Bros” register at movember.com and then must begin on the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face. There is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns (that’s considered a beard), there’s to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (that’s considered a goatee) and each “Mo Bro” must conduct himself like a true gentleman!

The average life expectancy for men is 4 years less than women. More than 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK; over 40,000 men are diagnosed with it every year and there are 250,000 men currently living with the disease. 1 in 9 men in the UK are likely to face prostate cancer in their lifetime. 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009; 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years. 42% of men were classified as overweight in 2010 (in England); obese men are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and 3 times more likely to develop cancer of the colon. Is it time you took your health seriously?

For more information or to donate to the cause, or to an individual or group of Mo Bros, visit www.movember.com

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