Mo Brothers and Mo Sistas – are you ready?

November is Movember!

Mo Bros and Mo Sistas – you raised £57.6 million in 2018 for Movember. Let’s beat that number during November 2019!

Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average six years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.

Prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 60% of all suicides.

Action is required. Movember is a charity aiming to change the face of men’s health. Movember is part of  1,250 globally funded projects with their men’s health partners covering men’s health, suicide prevention, testicular and prostate cancer.

Duradiamond Healthcare is getting involved this year so look out for a few Tom Sellecks if you are a client!

What does Movember’s future look like?

By 2030, Movember aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% - half as many men dying from prostate cancer and testicular cancer, half as many men suffering serious side effects as a result of treatment. Men feeling mentally healthy and well, resulting in a 25% reduction in the rate of male suicide.

What can you do to take part?

For yourself, you can find out more about men’s health and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to educate themselves and talk about men’s health.

You can grow a Freddy Mercury and raise money during Movember. But it's not just for the boys!

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff you can do to help as well. One idea for the workplace is the Movember Business Club, a corporate fundraising challenge for workplaces across the world. One epic, month-long competition between businesses of all kinds. Business Club makes it fun and easy to promote unity, health and happiness in the workplace. It’s essentially a highly effective, team-building educational campaign wearing a clever moustache disguise. Read all about it here.

What are the key themes of Movember?

Men’s health generally – five things you should do as a man:

  • Spend time with people who 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Move, more. Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good - take a walking meeting, park further away from the station, get off the bus a stop or two earlier, instead of the lift, take the stairs or cycle to work instead of driving.

Prostate cancer - In the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.

Across the country, there are more than 333,500 men living with and beyond the disease. Many are dealing with serious side effects from treatment. Here’s what you need to do, and when. When you're 50, you need to have a conversation with your doctor about PSA testing. If you're black, do it at 45. If you have a family history, do it at 45.

Testicular cancer: Testicular cancer strikes young.

It’s the most common cancer in young UK men. Testicular cancer has a 95% survival rate. But that’s of no comfort to the one man in 20 who doesn’t make it. So get to know your nuts. Watch the video and read more here.

Suicide - globally, on average, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day.

Around the world, the rate of male suicide is alarmingly high: six out of ten suicides are men. What can you do to make a change?

  • Talk
  • Ask
  • Listen
  • Encourage action
  • Check in.

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