This November, we join millions world-wide spotlighting the health needs of men.
The Movember movement began nearly two decades ago, raising awareness of prostate cancer. It now promotes a broader range of men’s health issues. And it helps raise funds for loads of health research and projects supporting men’s health across the globe.
What do we mean when we talk about men’s health? Well, just as women’s health covers the gamut of health needs specific to women, so men’s health covers the gamut of health needs more specific to men.
The distinctive physiology and anatomy of men determine most of these needs. Men need specific health care for things like:
Men and women both experience depression and anxiety. Generally speaking, though, it can be helpful to receive tailored diagnosis and treatment with an approach particularly intended for men.
Lots of people experience the fear of missing out (FoMO). But lots of us also experience the Fear of Finding Out (FoFO). So much so that the Australian Government ran an awareness campaign urging men to ‘find out’ when something is ailing them. Some men put off seeing their GP because they:
Talking is healthy: You can always talk with a trusted friend or physician.
No man is an island. You are not alone if you have health problems. And getting help will also benefit those who support and care about you.
Knowledge is power. If you know about potential problems, you can find ways to help avoid them. Healthy Male has tons of health topics you can explore, and there is plenty of reliable information on medicines available too.
This change might not be ‘the new normal’. See your doctor if you experience changes that worry you.
You might not have any particular symptoms, or none at all. Even so, a regular checkup with your GP lets them do some health checks. These can pick up potential health issues early.
Here are some screening tests men might need to stay on top of their health:
Your doctor can recommend the specific tests you may need and how regularly to have them.
To speak with an InstantScripts GP:
Movember began in 2003 and has since funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world.
Designed to agitate for better health awareness and action, Movember has grown to tackle a range of men’s health issues including:
To take part you could:
How are you going to seize the mo-ment this Movember?