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Movember 2023: Men's Health Month

Movember is an annual global movement that has transformed the month of November into a platform for raising awareness about men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. During this month, men from around the world grow moustaches, or “Mo’s”, as a symbol of solidarity and commitment to the cause.


Beyond facial hair, Movember 2023 aims to spark conversations about these critical health concerns, encourage men to take charge of their wellbeing, and raise funds for research and support programs. It has become a powerful and visible campaign, fostering open dialogue and inspiring positive actions to improve overall health and wellbeing for men everywhere. Movember serves as a reminder that together; we can make a significant impact on men’s health and the challenges they face.


Movember 2023 Awareness


Prostate Cancer

A growing number of men – around 10.8 million globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Prostate cancer is a prevalent men’s health issue that Movember 2023 aims to address and raise awareness about. It is the second most common cancer among men worldwide, with varying levels of risk associated with age, genetics, and lifestyle factors. The impact of prostate cancer on men’s health cannot be overstated, as it can lead to significant physical and emotional challenges, affecting urinary function, sexual health, and overall wellbeing.


Prostate cancer affects one in eight men. Early detection and treatment are crucial in improving outcomes, making awareness and education paramount in combating this disease. Throughout the month of Movember, men participate by growing moustaches to initiate conversation about men’s health and encourage others to take proactive steps, such as regular screenings, to detect prostate cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage.


Testicular Cancer

Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men aged 15 to 35, yet 62% of those who are most at risk don’t know how to check themselves. The impact of testicular cancer on men’s health is profound, as it can lead to many challenges, including the removal of the affected testicle, potential fertility issues, and the psychological toll of a cancer diagnosis. Movember 2023 provides a platform for open discussions about testicular cancer and aims to empower men to take control of their health. Movember also raises funds to support research initiatives and programs that provide essential support for those affected by testicular cancer.


Men can take proactive steps to reduce the risk of developing testicular cancer by regularly performing testicular self-exams to detect any unusual lumps or changes. At greatest than 95%, the odds of survival for men, long-term treatment-related side effects, mean quality of life is severely compromised. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and avoiding tobacco products can contribute to the overall health and potentially lower risk of testicular cancer.


Physical Health

Male obesity is a growing problem in the UK, with 67% of men in the UK overweight or obese, compared to 62% of women. Recent NIHR research suggests that the chance of an obese person returning to a healthy body weight is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women. However, commercial weight management programmes are mainly targeted at and taken up by women. It is also suggested that men are less likely to recognise their weight is an issue, more likely to view dieting as feminine, and less aware of the link between diet and ill-health. Obesity is associated with a higher risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, which can significantly reduce the quality and length of life.


Movember 2023 aims to inspire men to make positive changes in their lives, leading to better physical health and a reduced risk of obesity-related health problems. Encouraging men to adopt healthier eating habits, engage in regular physical activity, and seek appropriate medical guidance is essential in addressing this critical issue and promoting better overall health and quality of life.


Mental Health

Many men struggle with their mental health and stigma that surrounds it. The American Psychological Association reports that 30.6% of men have suffered from depression in their lifetime. And research shows 40% of men have never spoken to anyone about their mental health. There’s a culture – and media-driven expectation for men to be strong and rarely shows signs of weakness. This socially-ingrained mindset subconsciously trains men to believe that going to the doctor exhibits weakness. A survey conducted by The Cleveland Clinic confirmed this trend, finding that 40 percent of men go to the doctor only when they have a serious health issue, and never go for routine check-ups.


Promoting mental health awareness and providing a supportive environment for men to seek help is essential. Movember 2023 provides a platform for men to share their experiences, connect with others facing similar struggles, and access resources and support networks. Movember also strives to reduce stigma and improve the mental wellbeing of men around the world, ultimately helping them lead happier, healthier lives. Men’s mental health should be acknowledged and prioritised, just like their physical health, as addressing these issues not only improves individual wellbeing but also contributes to healthier families and communities.


How Can Wellity Support You?


We are experiencing a silent men’s health crisis. Here at Wellity we offer a range of sessions around men’s health to support their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Our session ‘Men’s Health MOT’ is an informative and enlightening session that explores the barriers to men accessing advice for both their mental and physical health, raising awareness of the issues faced by men and how to overcome them.


Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of regular health check-ups and preventive care for men.

  • Raise awareness about men’s specific health concerns and risk factors.

  • Encourage men to prioritise their health and wellbeing.

  • Promote a culture where men feel comfortable seeking help and support for their health needs.

For any information on this session or others we offer surrounding the month of Movember, contact our team at hello@wellityglobal.com.

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