Working towards saving lives this ‘Movember’

2018-11-20 06:00
Sphelele Nzama is growing his moustache in support of ‘Movember’.PHOTO: Phindile shozi

Sphelele Nzama is growing his moustache in support of ‘Movember’.PHOTO: Phindile shozi

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MEN’S health is usually not taken seriously because the people who are being affected by medical conditions are often ashamed and embarrassed to talk about it.

According to founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Men’s Foundation, Garron Gsell, the Men’s Foundation aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

“Men die an average of six years younger than women and for reasons that are largely preventable. When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk. Men need to have open conversations about their health and take action. If something doesn’t feel right, go to the doctor and get tested,” he said.

Men’s foundation spokesperson Susan Caminada said that something has to be done to make a stand and to stop men dying too young.

She explained that, according to the 2014 National Cancer Registry, the lifetime risk for prostate cancer in South African men is one in 19. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15 to 39. Additionally, poor mental health leads to 14 men taking their own life every day locally.

“Too many men try to deal with challenges on their own and suffer in silence. We’re hoping to show men that talking saves lives.

“To deal better with tough times, and to be the dads, mates and sons they want to be, we encourage men to be men of more words, “ she explained.

“We want men and their supporters to know that talking saves lives. You may know someone who could be suffering in silence, or is in need of a real conversation – show them that you care,” she added.

Caminada further said that the first step in looking out for the men in our lives is to take time out to talk to them and simply: Ask, Listen, Encourage Action and Check In – Because Talking Saves Lives.

“Movember is working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to reach out to others when they’re struggling,” said Caminada.

In conclusion, she said that besides reducing the stigma surrounding depression and mental health, men need to realise that whatever they’re going through, it’s important to know that a simple conversation can make all the difference.

Hillcrest resident Sphelele Nzama said that men’s health should be taken seriously. Nzama is in full support of Movember and he will be growing his moustache this month.

“A friend of mine had testicular cancer and we didn’t know about it because he was ashamed, then a few months down the line he told us but after some time he passed away,” said Nzama.

“My friend is the reason I’m growing my moustache because I want to raise the awareness that men too get affected by cancer and they shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed to talk about nor seek help,” he concluded.

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