A hairy time of year…

This year I am once again taking an active part in the Movember campaign. I have been growing and grooming a moustache for Movember every year since 2012. This year will be my seventh year getting involved in this campaign. In addition to sacrificing my upper lip, I will also be aiming to Move each day throughout Movember.

Why do I do this? 

I do this because I believe it helps to start conversations around men’s health and it is my hope that these conversations will continue in the years that follow.

I believe that increasing greater awareness in men of their own health, we can all live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

We all know at least one man who has been affected by cancer or a mental health illness. It might even be ourselves.

The facts

  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49.
  • After skin cancer, prostate cancer in men is the most common form of cancer in Ireland
  • Suicide is the second most common cause of death in men aged under 35
  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives

Who am I?

I am a thirty something guy working in the IT industry in Ireland. My experience of Testicular cancer is particularly close to home. I have been personally affected and if there is one thing I have taken from this experience it is that self awareness of our own health is crucial. This is in line with the Movember awareness campaign know thy nuts. I cannot stress enough the importance of talking to a doctor immediately upon noticing any change. It might turn out to be nothing and you could be given the all clear, but you can only find out for certain from your doctor. If ignored and it is not nothing, you could find yourself in a worse position.

Men, please try to be more aware of your own physical and mental health. The moment something does not feel right, go and talk to your doctor. Please also consider supporting my Movember efforts by donating to my MoSpace. I am fundraising as a member of the Fujitsu Ireland Movember team, The RonSwansons. My own personal target is the raise €1,000 – please help me get there.

 

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