Men encouraged to look after their health this Movember

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We all know that November is synonymous with fireworks and plunging mercury, but it's perhaps less well known for it's association with a movement aiming to raise awareness of men's health - Movember.

As part of Movember, throughout this month health teams in West Leicestershire are focusing on men’s health. Health officials at the NHS and West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WL CCG) are encouraging men in the area to look after their health and educate themselves with some of the most common health problems that can affect them.

Cancer

According to the Men’s Health Forum, men are more likely to get cancer than women. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men, with 25 per cent of cancer cases in men being of that kind. Prostate cancer is to blame for 13 per cent of cancer related deaths in men.

So, here's our advice to West Leicestershire men this month:

  • go for regular checks with your GP so that any signs of prostate cancer can be caught early. There are a number of different ways to test for prostate cancer, including blood tests and physical checks.
  • if you have an increased need to pee, straining while you pee and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied, you should see your GP as these are all symptoms of prostate cancer. These do not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, but all suggest that there could be something your GP needs to investigate.

Alcohol

Another health issue that has a large impact on men’s health is alcohol.  According to the Men’s Health Forum, men are much more likely to drink alcohol than women and are more likely to consume unhealthy amounts.  The overconsumption of alcohol can have many negative effects on your health and lead to heart disease, stroke and numerous kinds of cancer.

Here's what we're saying on alchohol:

  • It is recommended that you do not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week – that’s about four pints of lager or a bottle and a third of wine. Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week, no matter how much, can have bad effects on your physical and mental health.
  • Why not try and have a few alcohol-free days a week? 

If you have any questions men’s health issues, you can find out more on the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/

For any health advice you should call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacy.