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Movember – Stop men dying too young

As October draws to a close, men across the country will be having that last shave before Movember begins. So what has this got to do with plumbing and heating you ask? Well while growing a mo itself has very little to do with the industry, no one can deny the fact it’s extremely male orientated.

According to the Movember Foundation the state of men’s health is in crisis.

  • Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier.
  • Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years.
  • Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50.
  • Three quarters of suicides are men.
  • Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute. (source Movember Foundation)


So why is men’s health so seemly in freefall? We know that levels of workplace stress are rising and this is particularly rife in the construction industry. We know that women are more likely to go to a health professional if they are feeling the effects of ill health. Women are also more likely to talk through issues – physical and mental which is often the defining factor in getting help.

It also seems that men are generally less aware of health issues in the first place. Peter Baker, Chief Executive of the Men's Health Forum said “Men are less aware of their symptoms than women, and are more reluctant to seek help.”

So what can you do? The Movember Foundation has the following tips:
1. Stay connected to people - check in regularly with friends and family 
2. Stay active – move – but move however you want to
3. Talk – talk about the big things you’d normally hide
4. Find out all you can on family history of physical and mental illness
5. If you think there is a problem, do something. Don’t ignore it.

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