It's that time of the year again and the world's largest men's health movement is gearing up for another worldwide assault on upper lips. Movember encourages men to grow out their moustaches throughout November to raise awareness and funds for men's health, and Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging residents to get involved this year.
Preventative male deaths are disproportionately caused by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and depression, diseases which can often be mitigated by simple lifestyle changes.
Dr Marc Rowland, Chair of Lewisham CCG, said: "Movember is a fantastic initiative because it encourages men to be comfortable talking about their physical and mental wellbeing. It's a light-hearted approach to a serious topic."
"Whether it's a result of mental health issues, or male specific illnesses such prostate or testicular cancer, on average men are dying younger than they should. While such illnesses are often easily detected and treated, there are a variety of reasons why they are routinely ignored. This means men get more serious illness and die younger than women."
Men's 'culture' means they don't think prevention is something they should worry about. Prostate cancer awareness, funding and research is less than other for other life threatening diseases so outcomes for prostate cancers are often poor in comparison. The longer symptoms are ignored and treatment or management is delayed, the greater the risk to life and the complications worse.
Get involved this Movember by either growing your mo', undertaking a physical challenge, host an event or simply by donating. Participants can customise their own fundraising page with photos, motivations and targets. For more updates, follow @MovemberUK on Twitter.