Health leaders at Nene NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are calling on men and women in Northampton to become Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to help raise awareness of men's health this 'Movember'.
Movember has been taking place across the world for the last 13 years, with men growing a moustache for the full 30 days of November; whether struggling to grow anything on their upper line, or extending it to create unique and random styles. This wacky idea brings to the forefront the most serious issues relating to men's health, specifically, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Each moustache grower, or Mo Bro as they are known, effectively becomes a walking advertisement for men's health for the month and, via their 'mo', raises awareness of men's health issues and the risks they face, thereby increasing early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
Both men and women can also commit to MOVE to raise awareness and funds for men's health. MOVE is an initiative encouraging Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to get physically active and make a commitment to improve their health while raising funds.
The challenge is to MOVE every day of Movember – 30 MOVEs in 30 days. How participants MOVE each day is up to them. Whether it's a workout one day, walking 30 minutes to work the next, a game of ping pong or an epic bike ride, no MOVE is too big or small.
People can sign up at www.movember.com to grow, give or MOVE for the 30 days of Movember.
Movember is having a significant impact on changing attitudes and habits relating to men's health but there's still so much more we can all do. It's really important that we increase awareness of prostate cancer and men's health in general. Men tend to go late to get checked, but if they were more aware and went early, treatment would be more effective and less invasive.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK, with 47,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 130 men every day*. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 10,800 men every year.
The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men's health on a global scale, year round. The Foundation is addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. In 13 years the Foundation has funded more than 1,200 men's health projects around the world.