Movember is here. Men, put your health first!

November is almost upon us and for many Australian men this means growing a mo in support of Movember!

Movember is a month long campaign promoting men’s health issues which has become a popular fund raiser for the Movember foundation who focus on tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Is your company on board? If not, there is still time, so check out THIS PAGE for details on signing up and setting up a fund raising campaign in your office (or school or university). For men it’s all about growing a mustache (mo) but women can get involved too. Organise an event or get moving – there are lots of suggestions on their website.

According to Movember Australia, across the world, men die an average of six years younger than women, and it may be in part due to their reluctance to open up about health problems. So this month we want to encourage all men to put their health first and all women to encourage your men to seek help with any health concerns and make sure you lifestyle promotes good health and disease prevention.

Here are 5 tips from the Movember foundation on how men can take action today:

  1. Make man time: Check in and catch up with your mates regularly; spending time with them is good for you.
  2. Have open conversations: You don’t have to be an expert nor the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening, and giving your time can be life-saving.
  3. Know the numbers: At 50, speak to your GP about prostate cancer and whether it’s time for you to have a PSA test. Know your numbers, know your risk.
  4. Know thy nuts, simple: Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly.
  5. Move, more: Add more activity to your day!

If you need reminders, head to their website to sign up for health reminders that can be sent via text or e-mail. Also check out what’s happening all month across Australia as everyone grows a mo, to save a bro!

All month we will be sharing men’s health tips from our practitioners and inspiring you to take a preventative approach to your health.

 

REFERENCES

Cancer Council (2018). Prostate cancer. Retrieved from http://https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/prostate-cancer.html.
Cancer Council (2018). Testicular cancer. Retrieved from http://https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/testicular-cancer.html.
Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School (2018). Screening for cancer: testicular and prostate cancer. Retrieved from http://https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Screening_for_cancer_Testicular_and_prostate_cancer.
Movember Australia (2018). Men’s health. Retrieved from htttp://aus.movember.com.
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