The Movember Foundation has been shining the spotlight on men’s health issues for over ten years, raising millions for projects which focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical activity.
As part of the most recent campaign, 135 staff members from Waterford’s Whitfield Hospital and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre joined forces for this worthy cause by growing an array of moustaches, while other staff members undertook a challenging pedometer trial. The team “UPMC Whitfield Bros and Sista’s” not only raised almost €7,500, the group also raised awareness of the health issues that are affecting Irish men.
Catriona McDonald of UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre said, “This was a charity exercise that wasn’t just about raising money for cancer awareness, but also about getting men to talk openly and honestly about their health, to be aware of changes in their bodies and to seek medical advice, the sooner the better.”
“Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide and in Ireland, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. However, if detected early, prostate cancer can be treated and cured. Early diagnosis and awareness are crucial factors in saving men’s lives.”
Paula Bolger, Whitfield, added that the campaign got a very positive reaction from all the staff, patients and the general public. “The team performed extremely well and were placed 11th overall on Movember’s national leader board and the highest ranking hospital. We had 21 teams stepping it out across the campus with a weekly winning team for the most steps achieved. We also had an overall winning team. The campaign received great support, due to the widespread effect these issues have on people. Thank you to all who supported our team and helped raise funds and awareness for this great cause.”
If you have been affected by any of these concerns, the advice from Whitfield and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre is to visit your local G.P. If you notice something isn’t feeling right, don’t put it off and hope that it goes away, get it checked out. Early detection is the most important factor in treating any health concerns.
For further information visit Whitfield Clinic on www.whitfieldclinic.ie and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre on www.upmcwhitfieldcancercentre.ie