November marks an important month to discuss and raise awareness on all problems which affect men’s health. Over the last few years this month’s aims have become increasingly important, especially pertaining to mental health.
Organisations such as the Movember Foundation, along with many others use this month to raise awareness on issues such as testicular cancer, where 1 in 20 diagnosed still don’t make it. Prostate cancer, which has a survival rate of 26 per cent if not caught early, and men are also twice as susceptible to melanoma (skin cancer) than women.
One of the more prominent issues linked with men’s health is suicide. Just over three in four suicides are men, and it is the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 35. This accounts globally for 510,000 men taking their own life every year. 510,000 men feeling that they have nowhere to turn.
Men are statistically less likely to seek help for mental health issues, but there are some fantastic campaigns this year to get men talking. Campaigns such as Movember are also raising funds for research into the various cancers that predominately effect men.
More discussion on these health issues could encourage men get diagnosed earlier and have regular checkups. It could increase their chances of living a long healthier life by recognising the signs and seeking medical attention, and support.
Jon Cruddas MP commented: “these annual campaigns to raise awareness about men’s health are becoming vitally important. The fact of the matter is that men are less likely to get chack ups for physical ailments, or to open up about mental health concerns. It’s time to start breaking down the walls of stigma, and get men talking.”