Changing The Face of Men’s Health, One Moustache At A Time
How’s your moustache getting on? “Mo Bros” everywhere are taking action this month by growing a moustache for the 30 days of “Movember”. (It’s code for the month formerly known as November!) What’s more, they’re on a mission to spark conversation and raise funds for men’s health.
So if you are approached by a walrus-faced man over the next few days, remember it’s all for a good cause….
But does all this moustache growing actually do any good? It seems so. A Movember spokesperson explains: “Encouragingly, the results show the answer is without doubt; yes, we are making a difference. Each member of the Mo community is making a difference through the awareness they spread during their personal Movember journey.”
The MoBros themselves are literally walking, talking billboards for 30 days and participants spend more time thinking about improving their health, visiting a doctor or discussing their health with others.
Among Movember’s research findings are the following stats:
- 99% of participants talked to someone about their health
- 75% became more aware of the health issues they face
- 62% had seen or were intending to see a medical professional to get their key personal numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, waistline, weight)
- 50% told someone they should take action to improve their health
- 75% said they were more likely to tell someone they knew to seek professional health if they thought it needed
- 1.7 billion conversations took place
Impressive numbers – so what exactly are the issues that MoBros have been discussing? Prostate and testicular cancer and mental health are high up the list. Movember currently has 832 projects funded, working with 28 health partners from 21 countries.
Since Movember’s humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, when 30 men grew moustaches, Movember has become a truly global movement, inspiring more than 4 million men and women to participate across 21 countries. The Movember community has raised over £345 million – that’s more than €431 or $538.
Adam Garone, CEO, explains: “We work closely with our global men's health partners to ensure collaboration, transparency and accountability for every project we fund. We monitor this through report cards which detail what we seek to achieve, key measures and the impact.”
Of course, Movember is not just for men. Mo Sistas are also commiting to supporting the men in their lives by helping to promote men’s health. They get involved in the same way as men, except they don’t need to grow a moustache! They can sign up at Movember.com, start a team, recruit the men in their lives to participate, donate, fundraise, plan and participate in events. Most importantly, they rally the men they know to join the movement, grow moustaches and have important conversations about men’s health
Men’s health fact file – US
- Average life expectancy for men in the United States is almost five years less than women (76.2 years compared with 81 years)
- Around 15 million American adults (6.7% of the population) are diagnosed with depression each year.
- 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
- More than one-third of adults (34.9%) in the United States are obese
- 12.1% of men 18 years and over are in fair or poor health
Men’s health fact file – UK
- Average life expectancy for men in the UK is almost four years less than women (presently 78.7 years compared with 82.6 years)
- Men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer than women and a 37% higher risk of dying from it
- Prostate Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK
- In the UK, every hour one man dies from prostate cancer and, each year, over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer
- 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49 years
- Around 2,200 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
- In 2011, a total of 6,045 people in the UK died by suicide and over three-quarters (75%) of these suicides were men
- In 2011 the highest suicide rate was in men aged 30-44
Health tips – the numbers you should watch
- Body Mass Index/weight
- Blood pressure
- HDL Cholesterol (healthy cholesterol)
- LDL Cholesterol (unhealthy cholesterol)
- Blood Glucose (sugar)