CALLING ALL MEN AND WOMEN:
Cancer is a terrible disease that in some way has affected the majority, if not us all. Whilst we have no control over its unfortunate attack there are certain things we as individuals can do to help put up a fight.
Breast and testicular cancer are two very common killers but thanks to fantastic charities helping to raise awareness we are gradually joining more and more together to increase donations, improve scientific research and put an end to cancer once and for all. That said, it is still women who are more likely to carry out checks and address abnormalities in themselves physically than men and so Men’s Health have created the ‘Movember’ campaign to encourage men and women to join forces- become Mo Bros and Mo Sistas- and together raise awareness for cancer, particularly prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
This week UK Model Folios sent models to a Lynx, Movember-themed photoshoot in Old Street, North London to raise awareness on the brand’s social networking page for men’s health issues.
UK Model Folios are particularly proud of their amazing freelance photographer, Adam Robertson. Using his large fanbase to attract even more attention to the Men’s Health campaign, he is helping to generate some large donations and demonstrating a real sense of brotherhood.
Please click here to read his fantastic blog post on Movember and learn how you can offer your donation
We really hope the Movember campaign will fulfil its aim- UK Model Folios are backing it all the wayl!
- The average life expectancy for men is four years less than women (presently 78 years old compared to 82).
- The rate of cancer diagnoses in men is considerably higher than the rate in women. In every 100,000 men there will be 417 cases diagnosed, compared to 366 cases per 100,000 females.
- Evidence suggests that about a third (39%) of 12 common cancers in the UK could be prevented through diet, physical activity and body weight.
- 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- In 2008 37,051 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed and 10,168 men died.
- Testicular cancer in the UK affects younger men between the ages of 20 and 50. 1,990 men were diagnosed with the disease in 2007.
- Smoking accounts for at least 25% of all cancer deaths and 86% of lung cancer deaths.
- In 2008 22,846 men were diagnosed with lung cancer and 19,868 men died from the disease.
- While not as common, men can get breast cancer. In 2008 about 341 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among men and about 69 men died from the disease.
- The most common cancer in the UK for men is prostate cancer and for women breast cancer.
- In 2008 5,584 men were diagnosed with skin cancer (malignant melanoma) and 1,121 men died from the disease.
- An estimated 2.8million people have diabetes and 850,000 do not know it.
- About 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, and blood pressure tends to rise with age.
- 1 in 4 men in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
- Men commit suicide four times as often as women.
- Only 26% of men go to their GPs for regular check ups.
Let’s face it, men are known to be more indifferent towards their health, especially when compared to the efforts of women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues in a way not traditionally seen with men. As a result, today the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for support of male health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind causes such as breast cancer.
The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in the UK and around the world are numerous and complex and this is primarily due to a lack of awareness of the health issues men face. This can largely be attributed to the reluctance in men to openly discussing the subject due to longstanding traditions, coupled with an ‘it’ll be alright’ attitude. Men are less likely to schedule doctors’ appointments when they feel ill or for an annual check-up, thereby denying them the chance of early detection and effective treatment of common diseases.