There are many ways clinicians can help promote men’s health this Movember. Health professionals are being encouraged to do their part to promote men’s wellbeing this month, and help change the face of men’s health.
According to the Movember Foundation, three out of four people who commit suicide are male, and an estimated 45 per cent of all Australian men experience a mental health problem at some point in life.
In addition to this, testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men aged between 15 and 34 years, and one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer before turning 75.
The Foundation believes too many men are dying young before their time and without an acceptable reason. Health professionals can help address this trend by:
- growing a moustache for 30 days, which is the foundation’s ribbon for men’s health
- encouraging male patients to exercise on a regular basis, which according to the foundation, can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50 per cent as well as lower the risk of early death by up to 30 per cent
- hosting or attending a local Movember event to have fun and raise money for men’s health.
The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health with an aim of helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives through investing in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention activities.
Since 2003 the Movember Foundation has empowered millions of people to join the global men’s health movement and helped fund over 1200 men’s health projects across 21 countries.
For more information visit https://au.movember.com