MEN – REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THIS MONTH IS MOVEMBER…… 

Posted by Heather Doggett on 01 November 2018

Are you ready to grow?  This month I am unashamedly writing – in fact, plagiarising in some parts – about the amazing charity that is the Movember Foundation.  Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues and get those conversations started.

What do they do?  They stop men from dying too young.  They are the leading charity changing the face of men’s health.  They address some of the biggest health issues faced by men – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention.

MEN – ‘fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about.  Men are dying too young and we can’t afford to stay silent’.

PROSTATE CANCER – WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK.  If detected early, there is a 98% chance of survival beyond 5 years.  If detected late, there is a 26% chance of survival beyond 5 years.

When you are 50 – you need to have a conversation with your doctor about PSA testing

If you are black – do it at 45

If you have a family history – do it at 45

Symptoms are similar whether they are non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). The symptoms include:

  • having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
  • difficulty passing urine
  • passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • pain when passing urine
  • blood in the urine or semen.=

To find out more visit:

http://prostatecanceruk.org

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/prostate-cancer/about/

 

TESTICULAR CANCER – WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

In the UK testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15 – 49.

The best thing you can do for your testicles is give them a feel every month.  If something does not feel right – change in size or shape; a lump that wasn’t there previously or if they become painful to touch – head to the Doctor.

Other symptoms can include:

  • a dull ache in the scrotum (the sac of skin that hangs underneath the penis and contains the testicles)
  • a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

Men should be performing testicular self-examinations on a monthly basis.

To find out more visit:

http://checkemlads.com/

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-testicle/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION – WHAT CAN WE DO

  • Talk
  • Ask
  • Listen
  • Encourage Action
  • Check In

1 in 8 men has experienced a mental health problem.  75% of suicides are men.

“To be a man of less anxiety, I had to be a man of more words”

To find out more visit:

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

http://www.mind.org.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx

 

5 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW

  • Make man time – stay connected with your mates, spending time with them is good for you
  • Have open conversations – being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving. No expertise required!
  • Know the numbers – at 50 talk to your Doctor about prostate cancer and whether it is right for you to have a PSA test. Family history or black?  Have this conversation at 45.
  • Get to know your testicles – Check them regularly and go to the Doctor if something does not feel right.
  • Move more – add more activity to your day – do what makes you feel good.

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