01 November 2015
Men who usually bristle at the thought of discussing health issues in public are now being urged to change their stiff upper lip to a hairy one and grow a moustache to help save lives!
Movember is an international campaign where men are encouraged to grow a moustache throughout the month of November to bring important health matters out into the open. Cancers such as prostate and testicular kill thousands of men every year, figures from Cancer Research UK reveal. However early treatment could prevent many of those deaths if men could only be convinced to get themselves checked out by a doctor.
Now consultants at Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield, Cheshire, are telling men ‘don’t die of embarrassment’ and urging them to seek medical help as soon as possible.
Consultant Urologist Mr Andrew Sinclair said: “It is important for men to take ownership of their own health and to speak openly about it. I would love to go into a pub and hear a group of men discussing the need for prostate checks – but with present attitudes I just can’t see that happening! If there was a wild animal roaming the UK killing 10,000 men a year they would certainly talk about that - so why not prostate cancer?”
Mr Sinclair added that early checks were vital in both detecting and treating prostate cancer and added that, if spotted early, survival rates were very good.
According to Movember UK, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15-45 years with over 2,200 new cases a year. But, as with prostate, it is ‘highly treatable’ if detected early.
“If you notice a change in your testicles then don’t ignore it and just hope it will get better, get yourself checked out,” said Mr Sinclair, “It could save your life. I hope that the sight of thousands of men looking rather strange with their new moustaches will result in people talking more openly about important men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer. Keeping things quiet or ignoring symptoms is not going to help anyone. The treatments for these diseases are out there but early detection is the key to success.”
Top tips for better health
Know your body
Get to know all of your lumps and bumps; this will help if one appears that isn’t usually there
Check your body
Set aside time every month to check your body, this will then become part of your routine
Speak to somebody
Whether you think you may have a physical condition or a mental health condition, speaking to somebody can put things into perspective and make you realise you are not alone
Lead a healthy lifestyle
Taking regular exercise and eating healthily can have an impact on both your physical and mental health
Take time to do things you enjoy
A work-life balance is important for positive mental health as well as physical health, as stress, depression and anxiety can lead to physical illnesses