#charitytuesday: Movember

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It’s only the 3rd November, but you may already be noticing some people have slightly more growth on their upper lip than usual. This is because it’s Movember time again – when people all round the globe are asking friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them growing a Mo. As you may already know, The Movember Foundation has grown to encompass other activities, such as MOVE – the challenge to do something active every day of Movember.

The Movember Foundation’s ambition, which underpins everything they do, is to make a global contribution to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. They say “The state of men’s health is in a crisis. Simply put, men are dying too young“. The work that they do concentrates on four main categories: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity.

Why prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with more than 1.1 million cases recorded in 2012. Even when successful, treatment can take a toll on the physical and mental health of those affected. The Movember Foundation are taking steps to work towards a day where no man dies of prostate cancer.

Why testicular cancer?

In most cases (more than 95%) a diagnosis of testicular cancer means established treatments and a good outcome. Unfortunately, there are a small proportion of men and boys who do not face that good outcome, and more needs to be done to support these men through diagnosis and treatment and into a long and healthy life after cancer. Find out what The Movember Foundation are doing with regards to testicular cancer.

Why mental health?

The results of poor mental health can be deadly. Globally, a man dies every minute from suicide. Men, regardless of age group, often don’t recognise when they’re experiencing a mental health issue, and may not be comfortable asking for help. The uncomfortable truth is that some stereotypical forms of masculinity are killing men. Hear more about this area from The Movember Foundation.

Moving on physical inactivity

Physical inactivity is a big deal. It’s the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, causing 3.2 million deaths globally per year. Discover how The Movember Foundation are trying to combat inactivity.

You can support the Movember campaign by sponsoring a friend who is fundraising, or by donating directly to the campaign.

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