Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are supporting Movember by helping to raise awareness of the three main topics; mental health, testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
In the UK, the stats are shocking
- One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and there are more 333,000 living with the disease.
- Twelve men a day take their own life, and three out of four suicides are by men.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men and although in most cases the outcome for men with testicular cancer is positive, a 95% chance of survival is no comfort to the one man in twenty who won’t make it.
Dr Gary Howsam, Clinical Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG and local GP, said, “Men aren’t the best when it comes to their own health. Some don’t take action when something doesn’t feel right, others might feel like they don’t have the support to talk, don’t act and die too young.
“But if you’re a man reading this now, and something about your health has been bothering you, if you have a feeling something might be wrong, please do come and see your GP. Or if you feel like somehow poor mental health is a weakness or that as a man you have to be strong and silent, it doesn’t have to be that way. Speak to someone, a friend, a partner, a colleague. And if you need urgent mental health help call 111 and press option 2. It’s open all day and all night and there will always be someone there for you.”
For more information about Movember and the small steps men can take to help their health visit https://uk.movember.com/mens-health/general