The people behind Movember, an annual event to raise awareness of men’s health problems, have suggested that men’s health is in crisis.
Last month, the Movember foundation created a space where men could discuss their health and get what was, for many, their first check-up.
The Movember & Co initiative used a free barber shop as a Trojan Horse to discover how well men were looking after themselves. It found that 41% of men did not check their testicles, even though testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among young Irish men aged 15 to 34.
More than half of the men (55%) did not take regular exercise, while 14% did not exercise at all.
Also, 61% of men had high cholesterol and, for 5%, it was very high. It is typical of what doctors usually find.
The campaign also highlighted men’s mental health, with Movember on a mission to combat this crisis, too.
There were 380 pairs of men’s shoes laid on the street outside Leinster House to symbolise the number of Irishmen who die by suicide each year.
The shoes were a powerful reminder that mental health does not discriminate by job, age, or income, but it does by gender, with men accounting for eight out of 10 suicides each week.
Movember has grown into the largest men’s health foundation in the world and works year round to encourage men to take control of their health.
On average, globally, men die six years before women. Men also suffer from diseases that are often preventable with minor lifestyle changes.
Money raised during Movember is used to fund the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Prostate Cancer programme.
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