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Monday, 16 December

Brothers and Sisters - Movers and Shavers

A group of Mo Bros and Sistas gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness of the crisis in men's health, at the dawn of Movember 2016.

Organised by the Movember Foundation, the press stunt was aimed at brining attention to the stark reality of men's health in the UK. Quite simply our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis and it’s not being talked about.

 Holding placards declaring that too many men die too young, and the sobering statistics illustrating the scale of the crisis, the group were encouraging the public to join the movement at Movember.com.

 

Key health stats:

  • 78% of suicides in the UK are men - on average, 13 men take their life each day in the UK. Globally it’s one man every minute.
  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK and cases are set to double in the next 15 years. Currently one man every hour dies from prostate cancer in the UK - more than 10,500 men with prostate cancer will die in the UK in 2016.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49 years.
  • On average, men die four years younger than women in the UK.

With money raised, the Foundation has funded over 1,200 programmes in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention around the world, whilst positively challenging the way in which men’s health issues are researched and addressed.

Owen Sharp, CEO of the Movember Foundation said: ‘We can’t afford to stay silent. We need to talk about it. We need to act. Without our Mo Bros & Sistas talking, taking action and giving money, nothing will change.  Join the fight at Movember.com.”

Picture: How will you be demonstrating your support for men's health this Movember? Below: The handy cut-out and keep moustache for those of you who feel you must shave but would like to hide your embarrassment

 

 

 

Article written by Roy Winters

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