MOVEMBER - Men’s Health Month 2019
Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. Unchecked, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men's health. Their aim by 2030, is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
Millions have joined the movement, raising over £440m to help fund over 1,200 men’s health projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. We can’t afford to stay silent. We have one goal: to stop men dying too young.
This Movember, the month formerly known as November, there are three ways to get involved to support men’s health: Grow a moustache, Move by walking or running 60 kms throughout
- Men die 3.5 years younger than women in the UK
- Each year, more than 4,300 men die by suicide in the UK
- In the UK, 3 out of 4 deaths by suicide are men
- In England and Wales, suicide is the leading cause of death among 15–49 year old men
- Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK
- One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK
- Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men in the UK
- Almost 35,000 men are estimated to be living with or beyond a testicular cancer diagnosis in the UK
BY 2030, MOVEMBER HAS COMMITTED TO:
- Reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%
- Halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer and testicular cancer
- Reduce the number of men taking their own lives by 25%
Reducing Your Risk
Obesity is a big risk for your heart putting excessive strain on your whole body and loading you up on the inside with fat. Manage your diet by identifying and avoiding trans-fats and excessive calories(read the label), and keep your weight in proportion to your height.
Move about and activate your muscles daily by limiting the amount of time you sit (driving, working or resting) with regular breaks to stretch and move. Being inactive is responsible for twice as many deaths as being overweight so stop making excuses and get moving.
Take advantage of free check-ups to detect any potential health issues early. Free Arun Wellbeing MOTs are available to all, NHS Health Checks for those aged 40-74 years, Bowel Cancer (60-74 years) and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening (65-74 years).
One third of us will get cancer in our lives. The most common cancers in men are prostate, lung and bowel. If you notice a new symptom like blood in your stools, coughing up blood or a persistent cough, get it checked by your GP without delay, you are not wasting their time.
More people are dying from liver disease than they were 25 years ago and men are twice as likely to die as women. Have you noticed that the safe drinking level has been lowered to 14 units per week and that you should have at least 2 days alcohol-free per week? Stick to these levels and if you can’t, seek help.
Still smoking? If you can, switch to an e-cigarette, they are not risk free but are safer than traditional smoking. Better still, quit smoking completely because everyone knows that smoking kills.
Stress and emotional health - mental health problems don’t kill you but untreated they can lead to self-harm and suicide. Three quarters of all suicides are by men and suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35 years. Learn what makes you feel better – and do it. So long as you are not harming yourself, or anybody else, this will help.
Arun Wellbeing www.Arunwellbeing.org.uk
NHS Health Checks http://www.healthcheck.nhs.uk
Men’s Health Forum http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx