November is almost here, which means that Movember is nearly here as well! Every November since 2003, Movember has been the biggest event for men’s health. This annual event aims to raise awareness for male cancers, such as testicular, penile and prostate cancer, while also growing a moustache.

The goal of this event is to “change the face of men’s health.”.

Every year in the UK over 50,000 men are diagnosed with a male-specific cancer, it is so important that everyone knows the signs and symptoms to look out for.

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is rare, however, each year in the UK around 2,400 men are diagnosed, most commonly affecting men between the ages of 15-45. Fortunately, it is a highly treatable cancer, with 98% of men living for over 10 years after diagnosis.

Try to perform a self-examination once a month after a shower or bath!

  1. Check each testicle separately using one or both hands
  2. Roll each testicle between the thumb and fingers to check that the surface is free of lumps or bumps
  3. Get to know your balls; their size, texture and anatomy. Identify the epididymis or sperm collecting tube, often mistaken for an abnormal lump that runs behind each testicle

If you feel anything that is abnormal, book an appointment with your GP.

Prostate cancer

With over 47,000 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, this is the most common male cancer. Studies have found that 1 in 8 men will develop this condition in the UK.

These are some of the most common symptoms associated with prostate cancer:

  • Slow or weak flow of urine
  • Urinating more frequently or urgently than usual
  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Unexplained urinary infection

These problems can also be linked to an enlarged prostate. Always attend your prostate examination!

Penile cancer

Penile cancer is a rare cancer affecting around 640 men every year. Although it is more common in men over the age of 50 it can affect people of any age.

Here are some of the most common signs associated with penile cancer:

  • White or red scaly patches
  • Red moist patches of skin
  • Change in the colour of the skin
  • Skin thickening
  • Growth, bump or sore

If you would like to take part in this year’s Movember event, click the link below.