Movember Gets Off To A Great Start!
Doctors who treat health conditions considered to be the biggest
killers amongst Manchester men showed
their support for men's health campaign 'Movember' at our launch
today when they kick started the campaign with a shave in
preparation to go their 'mo' during this month.
Our health trust is the first in the country to work together
with the campaign in promoting awareness of men's health
Our involvement in the event is being led by Consultant
Urological Surgeon, Richard Napier-Hemy. He has supported the
campaign for a number of years - not just out of professional
interest. Richard (pictured during his shave here) said:
"My support of the campaign grew out of a personal event. My
father-in-law, John Nicholls, died of prostate cancer in 2010 at
the age of 83. John was that typical man who did not want to
trouble the doctor.
"Movember is a month that presents us with an opportunity to
highlight that men should think about their health. If they are
reluctant to do so, hopefully their wives, sisters, mothers or
daughters will remind them that even women can be affected by Men's
health issues. Ask any widow, bereaved daughter or mother!"
Last year, our Chairman Peter Mount championed Movember and grew
a moustache for the month. This year he and Richard have enlisted
the help of a range of doctors and clinical teams who have a male
health promotion message to give.
We have joined with Movember UK for two events - today's
shave off launch - A pop-up barber shop was based at
Manchester Royal Infirmary and staff lined up to have their shaves
and commit to growing a moustache for the month of November.
Later this month our consultant specialists will also be raising
awareness for men's health at an awareness event held in
collaboration with Movember and Manchester City Football Club on
the 24th November at the Manchester
City Vs Tottenham Hotspurs
game at the ETIHAD Stadium. Doctors from Urology, Vascular Surgery,
Cardiology and Bowel Surgery will answer questions and offer health
advice to football supporters.
A First Stop Health bus provided by Manchester City Council has
also been onsite at the hospital today and will be at the City
Stadium on the 24th offering free NHS health-check ups
and advice to passers-by.
Sarah Coghlan, UK Country Director, Movember says: "The people
of Manchester have been amazing supporters of Movember
for several years, with passionate Mo Bros and
Mo Sistas leading local communities in raising vital awareness
and funds for men's health. This year's partnership with
Central Manchester Hospitals has really turned the dial
for us and we're looking forward to working together to raise even
more awareness about men's health."
Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30 days of
November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men's
In October, Mo Bros sign up at Movember.com, and on the 1st of
Movember, with a clean-shaven face, start their Mo growing
Then for the entire month, these selfless and generous men known as
Mo Bros, effectively become walking, talking billboards for 30
days. Through their growing efforts they raise awareness for the
often ignored issues of men's health, by prompting conversations
wherever they go.
Movember's not just for men. The women of Movember, are known as Mo
Sistas. They play a vital role in the success of Movember by
supporting and encouraging the men in their life to get involved.
Mo Sistas also get involved by signing up at Movember.com.
Essentially, Mo Sistas do everything that Mo Bros do, without a
Find out more at: http://uk.movember.com/
Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Health Facts:
2009 - 2011 Male life expectancy in Manchester is substantially
lower for men than it is for women (74.1 Men & 79.3 Women)
Source: Office for National Statistics
Mortality among men in Manchester (2008 - 2010):
74 % of premature mortality from Coronary Heart Disease (527
39% higher risk of dying from cancer (1,525 deaths)
82% of all suicides (173 deaths)
71% of all drug related deaths in England (no Manchester
68% of all alcohol specific deaths (171 deaths) Source:
Office for National Statistics & Public Health England
Healthy lifestyles among men:
66% overweight or obese
25% consumed 5 a day (only 62% aware of the recommendation)
80% consume too much salt
Source: Men's Health Forum