Editor's comment: Move to stop men dying unnecessarily
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 November 2018
Men are dying six years earlier than women. For reasons that are largely preventable.
November is our chance to help. For the past 11 years it has become the month when perfectly ordinary men answer the call to Grow a Mo, stop shaving their upper lip and cultivate as impressive a moustache as they can manage.
It helps to raise awareness of men’s health and can generate money for research.
The Movember Foundation is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
In 15 years it has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
By 2030 it aims to have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by 25per cent.
So during this month men are urged to:
Grow a mo – and ask family and friends to sponsor you. Compete with others to see who can produce the most luxuriant moustache.
Make a move – run or walk 60 kilometres over the month. That’s 60 kilometres for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour. You can run outside, indoors on a treadmill, on your own or with a group.
And get people to donate.
And, most importantly, encourage men to talk about their health, both physical and mental.
According to the charity, 70per cent of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48pc say they rely on their friends.
That means they are happy to help but worried about asking for help. Reaching out is crucial.
If you are 50 or over, you should talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it is right for you to have a PSA test.
If you are black, or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should have that conversation with your GP at 45.
Let’s take this opportunity to help prevent men dying unnecessarily.