Girls & Movember

November is the month of mo’s and lads all over the world are sacrificing their good looks to sprout facial hair of various hues, densities, and lengths. But what can us girls do to support this important month?

Five things girls can do to help promote men’s heath in Movember:

  1. Ask your Dad, Grandads, and older relatives (i.e more than 50 years) when was the last time they had a prostate examination. Sure, it’ll be one of the most embarrassing conversations of your life, but that’s what Movember’s all about – making it easier for us all to discuss men’s health issues. If you’re not sure how to get started, Billy Connolly has some interesting terminology that might come in handy, such as a prostate examination is to make sure your prostate is like a donut, rather than a bagel.
  2. The next thing you can do is for a slightly younger generation – which is fortunate, because this conversation is even more uncomfortable. But in Movember style, it’s time to rip off the band aid of uncomfortableness and ask your brothers, partners, or male friends if they regular check their testicles for signs of testicular cancer. The Movember website has a full list of symptoms, but the gist of it is: lumps and strange changes are bad and you should go and see a doctor.
  3. Speaking of lumps and strange changes, also ask the lads when the last time they had a mole map or a skin check was. In men aged 18-39 years, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and early detection and treatment are essential to survival. If that mole never used to be there or it’s changed colour, give your lad the nudge to get it checked out.
  4. The last health issue is that of mental wellness and it is perhaps the most difficult to tackle. Possibly the best thing to do is promote and applaud the work of such men as John Kirwan, who’s letting blokes know that it’s okay to talk about men’s mental health.
  5. Knit or crochet a mo! There’s definitely a fun, almost irreverent aspect to Movember and we can join in with the help of a bit of brown yarn. The ‘satche above is Instructables Knitted Moustache and Ravelry has plenty more.

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