Five Rather Hairy Facts About Men's Health

Movember is here again, when men around the world do their best to grow a moustache to raise awareness for men’s health. So, guys, now is a good time to remind you of some of the health issues that affect you.


  • Hairy fact #1: One in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. That’s the same lifetime risk as women run for breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about prostate testing.

  • Hairy fact #2: Men are less likely to be treated for a mental-health problem than women, but three times as likely to die by suicide. Remember, there’s no shame in asking your doctor for help.

  • Hairy fact #3: If you’re a man with a waist measurement of more than 37 inches, your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease increases dramatically. Make sure you do enough physical activity to burn off the calories you consume.

  • Hairy fact #4: Smoking causes 87 per cent of lung-cancer deaths in men. Ask your GP about smoking cessation or contact your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

  • Hairy fact #5: A man is diagnosed with bowel cancer every half an hour. Rates of the disease are higher in men than in women, and have climbed by 30 per cent in the past 35 years. If you have bleeding from your backside or a change in bowel habits, overcome your embarrassment and go to the doctor. If bowel cancer’s caught early, you may not even need chemo or radiotherapy treatment, though you will need surgery.
  • For more information about men's health and how to look after your health visit