The importance of Movember

Wesley Baker, CEO of ANCON Medical, highlights the importance of Movember in raising awareness for male cancer, with particular focus on prostate cancer, and mental health illness, in Open Access Government. Click here to read the full article 28.11.2019 >

Coming to the end of Movember, it is important to remember the reasons why so many people do make the effort of growing what is often an uncharacteristic moustache over the course of November. The initiative started 15 years ago as a way to get people talking about men’s health issues and raise money through donations to charities on behalf of those taking part. Since that time, it has become a global movement listed as one of the top 100 global non-Governmental organisations raising over $600million for various charities.

Raising awareness and encouraging men to visit the doctor to undergo screening for prostate cancer is one of the main aims of growing a moustache. It is hoped that the uncharacteristic facial hair will prompt friends and family to ask why and for how long it has been there for. Explaining the motivations behind it then opens up an opportunity to discuss men’s health issues which are otherwise thought of as taboo.

The stigma associated with talking about these issues is especially prevalent when it comes to mental health. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. A shocking statistic that highlights what a significant problem depression and mental illness is to young men in the United Kingdom. Reassuring men that it is ok to openly discuss their mental health issues is one of the first steps to helping tackle the source of this statistic.

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