A campaign to raise awareness among men about taking care of their health has been launched by the NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group in conjunction with Movember.
As part of the campaign, men are being urged to watch out for the early warning signs of serious conditions such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
The CCG is not the only organisation taking part – throughout November, a number of Northamptonshire Police’s vehicles will be sporting moustaches to support the international Movember movement
Inspector Ian Wills, from the force’s roads policing unit, said: “It’s great that we can use our vehicles to raise awareness of Movember.
“The whole Movember movement was created to highlight the issue of men’s health and encourage people to talk more openly about the issue.”
Each year, Movember encourages men around the UK to show their support for the campaign by growing a moustache throughout the 30 days of November. The aim is to encourage men to talk about their health and also to raise vital funds for men’s health programmes.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 diagnosed every year.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15 and 49, but it has a very high survival rate of 95 per cent.
This raises the importance of men regularly checking themselves for any unusual lumps or marks and, if concerned, to book an appointment with their local GP for medical advice.
One in eight men is diagnosed with a common mental health problem each year in the UK, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common.
A spokesman for the CCG said: “Men in Northamptonshire are encouraged by Nene CCG to speak with their GP if they have any concerns about their health.
“Young men can also visit the Ask Normen website if they have any mental health concerns at: www.asknormen.co.uk.
“Ask Normen provides information on services, organisations and support available in Northamptonshire for the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.”
Dr Darin Seiger, GP Chair of Nene CCG, said: “Movember is an important event to help raise vital funds and awareness of the serious health conditions that can affect men, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
“By getting men to grow a moustache for the whole of November, it is certainly a different approach, but it gets people to open up and start talking about men’s health.”
To sign-up for Movember visit uk.movember.com.