Movember – a month to remember men’s health

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.

In Ireland, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer. Each year over 3,000 men or 1 in 8 are diagnosed with prostate cancer, which exceeds the number of women being diagnosed with breast cancer annually.

Ireland has the highest incidence of prostate cancer in Europe and amongst the highest in the world. Despite these figures, the level of awareness, understanding and support for prostate cancer lags significantly behind that of women’s health causes.

To mark this month, Pavee Point delivered an awareness information session on Prostate cancer and the importance of Movember. This was done with its own staff and a number of other staffs from the Eastern Region Traveller Health Network. Blue ribbons were distributed to those who attended the session, which also included women.