Several members of staff at the Brentwood private hospital decided to take part in the national moustache-growing fundraiser throughout November in order to raise awareness of men’s health risks such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and depression.
Staff at the hospital sponsored their Hospital Director, Imaging Manager, Supplies Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Manager to grow moustaches over the course of a month, contributing to clinical research, initiatives and education based around men’s cancer and men’s mental health.
Hospital Director, Mark Gilmour, said: “It’s so important that we take part in fundraisers like this, not just to raise money but also to raise awareness and encourage men to see a doctor if they are concerned about their health. One of the biggest risks to men’s health is their reluctance to seek advice or reassurance from those who can help.”
Research shows that Movember is speaking to an engaged and highly influential group and as a result has a significant impact on health related behaviours of its participants.
Key global research findings:
- 99% of participants talked to someone about their health
- 75% became more aware of the health issues they face
- 62% had seen or were intending to see a medical professional to get their key personal numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, waistline, weight)• 50% told someone they should take action to improve their health
- 75% said they were more likely to tell someone they knew to seek professional health if they thought it needed
- 1.7 billion conversations were had