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​​Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group supports Movember – the hairiest month of year ​

Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Movember - which returns again this year to raise awareness of men’s health.

Throughout November, people across the world are encouraged to grow moustaches to help raise money and awareness of the lives of men affected by prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  

Dr Charlotte Pennycook, Macmillan GP for Richmond,* said:

“In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives and each year around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer. We know men can be more reticent than women when it comes to talking about their physical health and seeking medical advice. 

“Movember is an important reminder that men shouldn’t ignore their health. Living a healthy lifestyle, along with regular self-examination and booking an appointment with your GP if you have concerns, is key to staying well.”

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. Very early prostate cancer generally does not cause any symptoms, but if you have any of the following it is important you get checked by your GP:

Difficulty passing urine
Passing urine more frequently than usual, especially at night
Pain when passing urine
Blood in the urine (this is not common)

Testicular cancer is one of the less common cancers. It usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 and 49. People who have the condition may experience few or no symptoms. 

However, some important warning signs to watch for include:

Swelling or a lump in either testicle (usually painless)
A dull ache in the scrotum (the sag of skin that hangs underneath the scro​tum)
A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

* Dr Charlotte Pennycook, Macmillan GP for Richmond, will promote the priorities of Richmond’s cancer strategy to ensure that the condition is detected in its early stages and that support is available for patients who are living with and beyond cancer.

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