Members of a local NHS team have been showing their support for men’s health awareness as they embraced ‘Movember’.

Staff from NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) joined the millions of men around the world, who down their razors and grow moustaches, every November to raise awareness of men’s health.

The team raised more than £200 for The Movember Foundation through staff donations for ‘dress-down’ days and cake sales. With even female members of the team embracing the month of the moustache – all of the CCG team are keen for the serious message behind it to not be forgotten.

The annual campaign aims to raise awareness and funds for male specific cancers and mental health.

Figures show that one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives while testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 25 to 49.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in one of your testicles. Not all lumps and swellings are a sign of cancer but they should never be ignored. Other symptoms include:

  • a dull ache or sharp pain in your testicles or scrotum, which may come and go
  • a feeling of heaviness in your scrotum
  • a sudden collection of fluid in your scrotum (hydrocele)
  • fatigue
  • a general feeling of being unwell

The majority of prostate cancers don’t present symptoms until the very advanced stages, which is why it is important to get yourself checked by your GP. Symptoms can include:

  • Urinary issues (slow flow, hesitancy, frequency, urgency)
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Reduced ability to get an erection
  • Painful ejaculation

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “Movember is a fantastic campaign to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues and I’m delighted our staff supported it.

“Men tend to put off checking for signs of cancer and talking about any health concerns they might have through fear or embarrassment. Early identification of any cancer will significantly improve the chances of successful treatment.”

Pete Smith, commissioning manager who led the CCG’s Movember team, also added: “This is an important campaign that I am passionate about as it shines a light on illnesses that men don’t always want to deal with and encourages them to face them head on. It’s a slightly different approach but it gets men talking about the warning signs that could ultimately save lives.”

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