MOVEMBER: We can’t afford to stay silent!

2018-11-22 06:02
PHOTOS: supplied‘South Coast Fever’ readers shared pictures of their beards in support of Movember. Pictured here is Eddie Ramaloo of Eddie’s Auto.

PHOTOS: supplied‘South Coast Fever’ readers shared pictures of their beards in support of Movember. Pictured here is Eddie Ramaloo of Eddie’s Auto.

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‘MOVEMBER’ is a creative communication campaign that runs every November with an aim to create awareness around men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. According to “All about men’s health 2018”, the number of men affected by prostate and testicular cancer has increased by at least 50%. Statistics also show that almost three quarters of suicides are being committed by men. The Movember campaign addresses healthcare on a global crisis level. This initiative encourages and educates men about preventative health measures. The national campaign also inspires men to stand together in support of each other. A number of courageous men have stepped forward and used social media as a platform to share their testimonies on the struggles they have faced. One of the supporters of the campaign, Randal Henry said: “I’m inspired to motivate men to take care of themselves and their health because I don’t want them to die a premature death. I want them living, loving, and working to make their communities safe, healthy and happy places to live. I’m also motivated by the early deaths of my grandpa and Uncle Frank, two men who died much too soon and who are still greatly missed.”

Movember began in 2004 and quickly moved to the top 100 of world organisation campaigns with the highest success rate. Men around the world have been growing their beardsto show support. South Africa’s Anton Taylor claimed the title of International man of Movember in 2011.

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