It’s 1st November, and that can only mean one thing. Yep, it’s the start of Movember – a month-long global campaign to grow a MO, promote men’s health and raise much-needed funding to help tackle the four biggest health issues facing men – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. I can’t wait to get MO’ing!
Why is Movember so important?
Men’s health is in crisis, and this is largely for preventable reasons.
> Men are dying on average 6 years younger than women
> Unchecked prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years
> Testicular cancer rates have doubled over the past 50 years
> One man dies by suicide every minute of every day (75% of all suicides)
How is Movember different compared to other campaigns?
Movember raises funds for groundbreaking projects all over the world. Movember unites global experts to collaborate on projects that will fundamentally change the way men in need are treated and supported. Movember’s global network allows it to share research and results across borders, extending its reach and accelerating its progress.
What are the aims of Movember’s campaign?
By 2030, Movember aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%
> Half as many men dying from prostate cancer and testicular cancer
> Half as many men suffering serious side effects as a result of treatment
> Men feeling mentally health and well
> 25% reduction in the rate of male suicide
How can you show your support?
There are fundraising events going on all month. I am of course getting involved through an exciting month of weekly Yoga For Men classes and talks from local charities on men’s health issues in Keynsham, Bristol. There’s so much more on offer though across the U.K. This ranges from free shaves in local barbers, to MoRunning events, music gigs, coffee & beer tours and even drag queen bing-Mo, right here in Bristol.