Let’s face it, us blokes aren’t very good at addressing health concerns. From our perspective, we need to show we’re tough and can keep going…we don’t let ‘little’ health concerns trouble us, or at least we wouldn’t admit to it.
And it doesn’t help that when we are unwell we must just have ‘man flu’ or that we have a lower pain threshold that stops us being able to get on with things…so, we feel we have to prove ourselves by ‘manning up’.
The serious downside to this is that we don’t often get the help that we need and, on average, live nearly 4 fewer years than women. This needs to change. It needs to change now, because…
- 76% of suicides, that’s over 3 out of every 4, are by men
- Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 35
- Prostate cancer kills 35 men every hour
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40
Today marks the start of Movember, the annual campaign to get more of us talking about men’s health and doing something about it.
The issues that Movember is targeting are:
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
So, through November I shall be talking about these issues…and more. In the meantime, if you have any questions about men’s health, please free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org