Movember is a fun and innovative way of getting men and women together to raise awareness and support for Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer as well as the recent addition of mental health issues. The aim of Movember is aimed more specifically at men, encouraging them to grow a moustache over the 30 day period in November to spark conversation and show their support to the cause. As well signing up to grow a “Mo” during the month, participants are also encouraged to make a donation or host a charity event all of which will further raise awareness and funds in order to help to change the face of men’s health. Although it is unlikely they will be able to develop the same level of facial hair, women can also play their part by donating, hosting charity events or even simply encouraging and talking to a man in their life about men’s health issues.
To find out more about Movember and how you can take part take a look at their webpage: http://uk.movember.com/
Movember focuses on the following three conditions:
Mental health problems among men can often go undetected or untreated. There are many complex reasons for this but can often be attributed to a lack of awareness or unwillingness to share with a professional that there is a problem in the first place. Men may not be able to recognise or confidently understand the signs and symptoms that they experience meaning they are not willing to openly admit to any vulnerabilities or expressing emotion. However, men are not alone in what they are experiencing and Movember is there to help men understand and speak out about their emotions.
Testicular cancer usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 and 49 and the most common symptom is a painless lump or swelling in the testicles however there are other symptoms such as:
- Change in the size and shape of the testicles
- Aches or pain in the lower abdomen or groin
- A sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breast tissue
Testicular cancer is a highly treatable type of cancer with a very good cure rate (about 96%) if found and treated early. Whilst the current treatment of the disease is highly successful, there is still a need to do more to improve the quality of men’s lives following a course of treatment.
Regular self-examination of the testicles is very important for young men, particularly those more at risk of testicular cancer due to a genetic link to someone who has also suffered from the disease. Being familiar with the size, shape and texture of internal blood vessels can help you determine if something is not quite right. A regular self-examination can help a man find any changes in the testes early, so that if treatment is needed it can start as early as possible.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in older men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years however it is only when it is really advanced and has spread throughout the prostate and beyond that urinary symptoms will start to occur such as:
- Urinary issues (slow flow, hesitancy, frequency, urgency)
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Reduced ability to get an erection
- Painful ejaculation
It is important to get tested to detect prostate cancer at its earliest stages, before the disease progresses. There are currently two common tests available for initial detection:
- Physical Examination (DRE: Digital Rectal Exam)
- Blood Test (PSA: Prostate Specific Antigen)
Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre we provide a variety of services including health screenings and a team of Urology specialists who can offer their expert services and diagnostics for both male and female patients.
To find out more information or to book an appointment with our specialist consultants visit our website, or get in touch by calling through to the centre itself on 020 8942 6555.