Up until this year I had thought of the “Movember” thing as a bit of gimmick started off by some quirky facebook page somewhere. I thought it’s that time of the year when every guy wears a moustache for a bit of a laugh – great as a conversation starter and especially when you’re drunk. But the fact is Movember has a much more serious and poignant side that needs to be listened to.
The fact is Movember is all about highlighting men’s health – and this year Skalp are going to promote it too! And we are going to try and get all of our practitioners wearing cool moustaches throughout November get people talking and raise funds for the campaign. Let’s spread the word!
For those who have been living under a rock for the last two or three years Movember is a pun on the two words November and Moustache. And the aim is to grow a moustache throughout November to promote high profile men’s health issues such as Prostate Cancer, Testicular cancer and mental health issues such as depression.
Statistics show that joining in really does spark conversations about men’s health which in turn lead to activities which may improve overall health. Last November statistics suggested 75% of men were more aware of the health risks they face; 62% of men went to see a medical professional to enhance their health and 50% told someone they should take action to improve their health.
Who is behind Movember?
The Movember foundation facilitates the campaign every year and you can find out how you can become a “Mo Bro” or a “Mo Sis” on their website. It not only aims to heighten awareness, learning and education about Men’s health but it also aims to raise funds. In 2013 a staggering £20.4 million was raised in the UK – 88% was allocated to men’s health programmes.
Why does it matter?
The statistics for some of those larger health issues specific to men are quite startling. Every hour one man will die from prostate cancer; 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives and each year over 40,000 mean are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK. Testicular cancer has more than doubled since the 1970’s and in 2011 2,200 cases were diagnosed. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with mental health issues sometime in their life in the UK. Of the 6045 suicides in 2011, three quarters were men.
So how can you help?
Pop along to the Movember website now and find out how you can get things moving. Even if visiting the site makes you more aware of men’s health issues then this has got to be great in itself. Start passing on that information and you have joined and are helping the community…
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