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Cwm Taf Health Board puts its stamp on the face of men’s health

Monday, 26 November 2012
Men across Cwm Taf Health Board have been sporting a new look during November to raise funds and awareness of men’s health.
November - dubbed Movember - has become the month when men around the world grow a moustache to raise awareness and money for prostate and testicular cancer.
Almost 200 men in Wales are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year and a similar number of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year as women diagnosed with breast cancer. A man dies from prostate cancer every hour - more than 10,000 men will die of the disease this year in the UK alone.
Timson Appanna, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Cwm Taf Health Board  said, “Like the pink ribbon is used to raise awareness of breast cancer in women, the moustache has become a way to raise awareness about male cancers.
“It’s probably fair to say that unlike women, men are far more reserved when it comes to talking with their friends about health issues.
“Movember is a great way for us to break down a few barriers and talk about men’s health, while having some fun along the way.
“We’ve managed to recruit a group of men across the health board so we’ll get to mix with new colleagues as we become walking, talking billboards and, quite literally, have an impact on the face of men’s health.
“We’ve even made some paper moustaches so our female colleagues can cut them out and stick them on their upper lips to support us during Movember.”
The aptly-named Team Cwm Tash hope that other men across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil will become more aware of prostate and testicular cancer as a result of the Movember campaign.
Jane French, also a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Cwm Taf Health Board said, “In 2010, more than 2,400 men in Wales were diagnosed with prostate cancer - it’s the most common cancer in men.
“The exact cause of prostate cancer is unclear but we do know that some factors increase the chances of it developing, for example, age, family history and your diet.
“For some men problems passing urine may be a sign that they have a prostate problem. If you are experiencing similar problems it’s a good idea to get things checked out, even if it is just to put your mind at rest.”
movember.jpgPhoto caption: real men talk about real issues at Cwm Taf Health Board (top row left to right: Andrew Elliott, Robert Matthews, Chris Beadle, Dafydd Pugh, second row left to right: Daryl Hodge, Glenn Hamptom, Nathan Merchant, Paul Edmonds, third row left to right: Paul Roberts, Richard Sealey, Steve Thomas, Wayne Lewis; bottom row left to right: Wayne Goodfield, John Palmer, Karl Carpenter, Ross Haskins)
Notes to Editors:
In 2011, more than 850,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised £79.3m - more than £22m in the UK alone. The money raised in the UK is directed to programmes run by Movember, Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.
Anyone can register to take part or make a donation at www.movember.com
For more information contact Paul Edmonds, communications team at Cwm Taf Health Board on 01443 744 814 or email paul.edmonds@wales.nhs.uk
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