This month, we support Movember 2020
Movember saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of men worldwide by spreading awareness of early signs of testicular cancer, to tackling male mental health stigma globally.
We talk more about why you should care about Movember.
What is Movember?
Movember was founded in 2004 to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
Every November, men across the world grow their best moustache in support of this life-saving foundation. This happens alongside sponsorships, events, donations and mass fundraising.
Movember funds ground-breaking health projects, as well as sparking a widespread conversation around men's health.
There are so many reasons to care about Movember. Here are the ones that stand out:
Movember takes on mental health stigma
Movember tackles male mental health stigma head on, shifting the perspective that "emotional men are weak" through a number of mental health awareness campaigns.
Societal genders roles dictate that when men express emotion, they are not "real men". This stigma can cause men to suppress their emotions in order to present as "manly" and "strong".
About 75% of UK deaths
from suicide are men, and suicide is the most common cause of death in men under 50.
Studies show that men are less likely than women to seek help from friends or medical professionals for mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
These statistics demonstrate the need for mental health support for men everywhere.
Movember funds vital mental health projects for men, focusing on early intervention, education and building supportive communities.
Movember spreads awareness of testicular self-examination
Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men in the UK.
However, it is highly treatable if detected early. In fact, testicular cancer has a greater than 95% survival rate.
This makes it crucial for men to check their testicles for lumps or swelling once per month.
Movember showcases the importance of testicular self-examination through technique guides, awareness campaigns and supportive resources.
The True North Testicular Calculator offers valuable tools to educate people about testicular cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Movember helps detect prostate cancer early
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men in the UK, and the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 9 men in their lifetime.
Symptoms of prostate cancer do not normally appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis). This can make it difficult to detect early.
However, detecting prostate cancer early can be the difference between life and death.
Movember spreads awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer through its impressive awareness campaigns, prostate cancer stories and many educational resources.
Truth North Prostate Cancer provides in-depth information about the prostate cancer journey.
Prostate cancer stories share important news about prostate cancer medication, treatment and recovery.
Movember is switching up the narrative
For so long as a society, we've adhered to the narrative that men should not speak out about their mental (and physical) health problems.
This results in countless missed doctor appointments and devastating consequences for men (and women) everywhere.
The Movember Foundation is reshaping this dangerous narrative to save lives all over the world.
This is why it is such an important charity to support.
Movember needs you
Lastly, a fantastic foundation is nothing without the dedicated people who support it.
Movember needs your support to continue to make a difference to men everywhere.
Your donation counts: donate to The Movember Foundation today.
Find out more: Movember charity campaigns you could get involved with.
Learn more about Movember fundraising.
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