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Everybody wear a funnel on your heads! ⚗️The funnel is the symbol of Associazione Itaiana per la Lotta al Neuroblastoma🎗

Pictured here you can see my friend Filippo with his daughter Guia and the rest of his crew after he finished a half IRONMAN 70.3 in Sardinia (with 50 km/h wind!) on 27th April 2019 in preparation for our IRONMAN this coming 21st September 2019. I will son post his interview at the end of the race. In the meanwhile, keep donating to help fund research into neuroblastoma and help Guia and all the kids affected by this condition, together with their families 💪🏻 #Guiamo #stopneuroblastoma 

My mission is to raise funds and awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our life. You can go to the Movember website by clicking on the heading!

I first got involved with Movember when I moved to the UK for my first year of university. I found out about it by chance (by buying a bottle of beer ) and thought it was a great initiative.

 

RAISING AWARENESS FOR MEN’S HEALTH

SOME NUMBERS

  • Testicular cancer is the most common tumour affecting young men.
  • Prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 men.
  • Mental health: mental health problems affect millions worldwide, yet only few people are open to talk about it. 7 in 10 men say their friends can rely on them for support, but less than 5 in 10 men say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves.
  • Suicide prevention: globally, one man takes his own life every minute of every day. 3 suicides in 4 occur in men, partly due to the more violent means that result in higher level of completion and partly because men are less good at reaching out and obtaining support. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45.

MY TAKE ON THIS

The prognosis of breast and cervical cancer has greatly improved over the past few decades by implementing simple yet powerful screening programs like cervical smears and encouraging women to check their breasts for unexpected lumps. It is time for men to catch up on this.

  • Know thy nuts: Men, get to know what’s normal for your testicles by checking them once a month in the shower. Women, tell your husbands, brothers, sons and friends to do the same. There is a great variation of what ‘normal’ for each of us is in terms of size and shape and even differences between one side and the other – the important is to know what your normal is to recognise any changes. If something does not feel right, go see your doctor!
  • Know your numbers: At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test or any further examination. If you are black or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.

Mental illness is still surrounded by stigma ad regarded as a sign of weakness and something to be ashamed of. Yet, few know that depression has got a significant biological component (I did not know that myself before my Psychiatry rotation this past year!). For example, identical twins are much more likely to both develop depression than fraternal twins, indicating that depression is a result of genes as much as it is a result of negative life experiences. Therefore, it is time for us to regard depression and mental illness as no different than other more obviously ‘biological’ disease, that deserve accurate assessment and treatment. 

  • Talk, more: whether you are in a position of seeking or giving help. Reaching out is crucial.You will be astonished by how many men have gone or are going through similar struggles, and there is great comfort in confrontation. You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving. You can do this for a mate even if you are in need of help yourself. Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.
  • Move, more: exercise has great benefits for both your physical and mental health. I take it to an extreme, but very little, such as walking to work or doing some yoga, can make a great difference to your life!
  • See a doctor: following from above, there are numerous treatment options covering a wide range from less to more intense, and one will work for you. Resolution is the rule, not the option.
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Increase men’s awareness of the top 5 things they need to know and do
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Over my time at University of Oxford I have been exposed to mental health problems in many forms. I can tell you from first hand experience that University of Oxford is quite a stressful environment, and people can end up feeling down and isolated. I have friends who went through or are still going through dark times and friends who unfortunately did not make it. I have also seen mental illness from the perspective of the healthcare professionals during my Psychiatry rotation last year.

RAISING FUNDS FOR MEN’S HEALTH

The money raised will fund groundbreaking research in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. These projects bring leading experts from around the world to create solutions that will fundamentally change the way men are treated and cared for.
For example, Movember-funded scientists from the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the UK have recently developed a simple urine test that could detect aggressive prostate cancer 5 years before treatment is needed and save thousands of men from unnecessary invasive treatment. It could be offered within 3 to 5 years from now, and is much more sensitive than current methods, picking up how aggressive the disease is and at what point men will need treatment.

The moustache is not a look, on me at least 👺 However, it stands for a good cause and is great to spark conversation about themes that are not discussed enough. 

Together we can make a difference for men’s health #StopMenDyingTooYoung

#Movember