This month men all over the country will be growing out their facial hair for Movember as a fun way to raise awareness of men’s cancer and mental health risks.

We all think “It won’t happen to me”. Well as much as men might like to bury their head in the sand and pretend that’s the case, the facts are somewhat different.

Prostate Cancer was the most common cancer found in males, the second most common cancer and the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the UK in 2013.(1)

Testicular Cancer had more than 6 cases diagnosed every day in 2013 and 47% of cases were diagnosed in males under the age of 35 from 2011-2013. Since the 1970s incidence rates of testicular cancer have risen by an astounding 90%. Thankfully testicular cancer has a high survival rate with 98% of males diagnosed surviving at least 10 years.(2)

Men’s mental health awareness is also important to the Movember Foundation. Suicide rates are over three times higher among men than women in the UK, at 16.8 per 100,000 people in 2014(3) and in 2014 75% of suicides in the UK were male.(4) When you combine that with research from 2015 that found 70% of managers didn’t believe stress, anxiety or depression were valid reasons for taking time off work,(5) it’s vital to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace and among men.

What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer or another illness? What would happen if you were unable to work due to an illness or accident? Having critical/serious illness cover and income protection can help them cope financially with these situations and many providers offer access to support during what can be an overwhelming and difficult time.

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