College highlights Men’s Health Awareness Month

Globally, men die on average 5 years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. The College backs the Movember campaign’s mantra that it doesn’t have to be that way, and that we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

There is a range of information on the Movember website, for people who need some support, and for those who want to give support.

Movember recommends 5 key actions which can make a difference to men’s lives:

  1. Spend time with people who make you feel good – it’s important to stay connects with friends, family and work colleagues.
  2. Talk more – talking, listening, and being there for someone can save a life.
  3. Know your numbers – for example, if you’re 50 years old, you should talk to your doctor about PSA testing, which detects prostate cancer.
  4. Be aware of testicular cancer - testicular cancer is the #1 cancer among young men, yet 62% of those who are most at risk don’t know how to check themselves. Find out how.
  5. Move more – being more active is great for physical and mental health. Eating a healthier diet and reducing alcohol consumption is great too.

The College continues to promote the health of everyone in society, including men. Our Fellows and Members are at the forefront of improving men’s health through groundbreaking research and treatments.

By working together, we can continue to improve men’s life expectancy and quality of life. We can all take action by following Movember’s 5 steps.

Professor Sunil Bhandari, Vice-President, said:

During these challenges times it has been difficult to think about one’s own health. It’s OK not to be okay, and it’s important to seek help and support whether it be about physical or mental health, or about nutrition, diet and exercise - especially if people are struggling to get motivated. There numerous amazing local and national support groups out there to access.