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It’s time for our monthly guide to the health events you can look out for over the next few weeks. As always we have selected our favourites from a long list, however we would like to acknowledge all of the hardworking organisations behind the various campaigns running during November. They all do an outstanding job of promoting and raising awareness for their various causes.Read on to find out more about our pick of this month’s campaigns -
Movember began in Australia in 2003, and since then it has grown to be one of the best-known annual health awareness campaigns, with over a million people taking part worldwide.
The aim behind Movember is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, in particular prostate and testicular cancer and mental health conditions.
You can get involved by growing a moustache or by supporting someone else to do so. You may also like to host a moustache-themed event. You can find more information on the official Movember UK page.
This event began as Lung Cancer Awareness day in 1995. Since then the lung cancer community has grown to the extent that the event is now commemorated over the whole month of November.
The aim of the campaign is to promote greater understanding of lung cancer and encourage people who are displaying symptoms of the disease to visit their GP.
Some of the activities taking place internationally include a ‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer’ Vigil and ‘Team Lung Love’ sports endurance events. Closer to home, you can get hold of awareness materials from The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, or find our more about holding a ‘Throwback Thursday’ event. If you are holding a health event you can even book a pair of ‘Mega-Lungs’ - the world’s only inflatable walkthrough lungs exhibit. Find out more here.
This is an event run by the British Dental Health Foundation, aimed at raising the profile of mouth cancer. In particular the campaign highlights the fact that the number of new cases of mouth cancer is increasing, especially amongst younger patients and women, making it one of the few types of cancer that is still on the rise.
You can find out more about how to get involved on the campaign website. If you work in a dental practice, hospital, pharmacy or other healthcare organisation you can sign up to the BDHF’s Blue Ribbon Appeal and get one appeal badge for every £1 you donate to the campaign.
The Ask Your Pharmacist campaign is promoted all year round by the National Pharmacy Association, but this week in November aims to increase awareness of the services pharmacists can offer, for example advice and treatment for common ailments.
You can find out more about the services offered by pharmacists on the NPA's website.
The charity behind this campaign is The International Stress Management Association. This year’s theme is ‘Going The Extra Mile’ – which is what they say staff in stress free organisations will do. According to The ISMA’s press release, ‘the energy, enthusiasm, motivation and concentration in a stress free environment provokes people to have greater interest in others and to contribute more.’
The objective of the event is to inform people about the negative effects of stress. Some studies indicate that the nation’s stress level has doubled in the last four years. You can get involved by holding a stress awareness event, or by making a donation. For more information take a look at the ISMA website.
World Diabetes Day was first commemorated in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. The campaign aims to highlight not only the health issues that those with diabetes face, but also the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. The theme this year is diabetes education and prevention, with a focus on educating those who provide diabetes care, as well as empowering those who live with both type 1 and type 2.
WDD is celebrated in many countries around the world. UK residents can get involved by organising an event or by ‘Taking a Step’ for diabetes – which involves completing an activity from this list and submitting it to the page.