Today, after a hugely successful month of fundraising for prostate and testicular cancer, men all over the UK walked into their bathroom, razor in hand, ready to finally remove the ‘taches that have graced their faces for the past 30 days.
Listed below are the goals that Movember sets out to achieve every year in order to raise awareness;
We will fund survivorship initiatives that provide information and support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer that will help them to make informed decisions and will improve their quality of life.
Awareness and education
Through our annual campaign and funded programmes we will significantly increase the understanding of the health risks that men face and will encourage men to act upon on that increased understanding.
Prostate and testicular cancer research
We will fund catalytic research and clinical trials infrastructure that leads to significantly improved diagnostic and prognostic tests and treatments to reduce the burden of prostate and testicular cancer.
Influencing change in men’s health
We will fund research that helps to inform health policy and knowledge translation that accelerates improved health outcomes for men.
Although nobody can argue that Movember spreads a vast amount of awareness of the importance of men’s health, it is very important to stress that it’s a year round issue. According to Movember’s official website (uk.movember.com) their vision is “to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health”. Everlasting being the imperative word here, showing that you should always be aware of your personal health, and the others around you that may need your help or support with anything they may be going through.
Continue to check yourself regularly – you know your body better than anyone. If in doubt about anything get checked out by your doctor.
Movember has grown year in, year out, by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health each year. So massive congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge, donated or raised awareness for Movember this year, please continue to raise awareness for the years to come.