01 November 2018
Make a move in Movember - Keep talking and start walking!
Movember is the month otherwise known as November, where men and women around the world raise awareness and vital funds for men’s health issues. Debbie Thorpe of Spire Norwich Hospital discusses these real issues with Consultant Urologist, Mr William Finch.
Men are being urged to talk the talk and walk the walk, to highlight health issues that are causing thousands of premature deaths in the UK.
It is part of this year’s Movember campaign, where men grow mustaches to encourage awareness of killer diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer as well as poor mental health.
Now, they are also being asked to become ‘a walking, talking advertisement’ to show that taking early action really can save lives.
Besides having open conversations with friends and family, men are also being challenged to run or walk 60 kilometers throughout the month.
Campaigners are saying: “Stay connected and keep talking. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you.”
But this year they are also laying down the 'Make A Move' challenge, saying that adding an activity to your day can have great benefits to both mental and physical well-being.
You don’t have to be an athlete, just make more time for physical activity. Take the stairs instead of the lift, cycle to work or get off the bus two stops earlier! You could even start up a walking group and get your friends involved – and let everyone know why you are doing it.
Mr William Finch a Consultant Urologist at Spire Norwich Hospital said: “The key to successful treatment is down to men facing up to the fact that they might have a problem and seeking medical help as soon as possible.
“It is well known that men tend to keep things bottled up when it comes to medical issues but that really is the worst thing they can do.”
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men with over 41,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year, claiming approximately 10,500 lives while around 2,300 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed annually. When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98%. Find it late, and those survival rates drop below 26%.
Men over 50 years of age are most likely to develop prostate cancer whereas it is men aged from 25 to 49 who are most at risk from testicular cancer.
Mr Finch added: “Early prostate cancer may have no symptoms, however, some men may experience changes in urinary or sexual function:
- 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
These symptoms might indicate the presence of prostate cancer so don’t wait for them to appear. If you are 50 years old you should be getting yourself checked. That age drops to 45 if you are black or have a father or brother who has had prostate cancer.
“It’s a simple examination that could be followed by a blood test - there is no need to be frightened or embarrassed.”
Symptoms for testicular cancer include swelling or a lump in a testicle, which is usually painless but can become painful as it increases in size or a dull ache or pain, or heaviness in the scrotum.
“Once again men seem to find it difficult to discuss this with others but swift action really can save lives. Don’t wait until it becomes painful, act as soon as you discover a lump, it really can mean the difference between successful and non-successful treatment,” said Mr Finch.
Hopefully the Movember campaign in all its forms will result in more men coming forward for check-ups that could save their lives.
Supporting Movember is simple, from 1 November men grow and groom their mustache to show their support and encourage conversations around men’s health. Oh, and don’t forget to get motivated to move – encourage friends and family to support you with a donation for walking or running 60 kilometers during the month. Get involved in support of the vital research to help stop men dying too young. Find out more here: https://uk.movember.com/donate.
For further information or to make a private appointment with Mr William Finch please contact one of the team on 01603 255 614. Further details regarding Consultant Urologist, Mr William Finch can be found on his consultant profile at www.spirenorwich.com.
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