Four reasons its important not to be shy this Movember

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The hairiest month of the year is well under way and it’s called Movember, with men growing moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Men can sometimes feel embarrassed to go to the GP and ask for help, particularly, if they have concerns about their intimate area – but here’s why you should:

1) Prostate cancer – This is the most common cancer in men in the UK. More than 40,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, with an estimated 1 in 8 men developing the condition in their lifetime.

2) Testicular cancer – Is more commonly found in younger men, but this disease can affect men of any age. Watch out for new lumps in your testes.

3) Men’s mental health – British men are three times more likely to die by suicide than British women, probably because men find it harder to ask for help when they are struggling.

4) Being physically inactive can cause and lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Our men are a little shy of visiting their doctor but detecting cancer in its early stages greatly increases your chances of beating the nasty disease. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence, there is now a wide range of treatments, but the sooner they start the more successful they are likely to be.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of cancer is important to help increase earlier diagnosis. It is also really important that you know your body and what is normal for you.  That way it’ll be easier to notice when something’s different.

So man up! Listen to your bodies and if you’re concerned speak to your GP.

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk or www.movember.com