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Movember Gets Off To A Great Start!

Doctors who treat health conditions considered to be the biggest killers amongst Manchester men Movember 01showed 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 issues.

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 HotspHealth Busurs 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 health.

In October, Mo Bros sign up at Movember.com, and on the 1st of Movember, with a clean-shaven face, start their Mo growing journey.

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 Mo

Find out more at: http://uk.movember.com/  Media contact: matt@landedpr.com


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 premature deaths)

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 figure)

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 (http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk)