MEN'S HEALTH: Movember ambassador, INXS musician and prostate cancer survivor Kirk Pengilly was Australian men to starting talking to each other, and those can support them.
MEN'S HEALTH: Movember ambassador, INXS musician and prostate cancer survivor Kirk Pengilly was Australian men to starting talking to each other, and those can support them.

Men's Health: 5 top things to know, and do in Movember

OPEN your men's health conversation with your friends, family and GP this November so that you can start a change in how men live.

You're not too old to start that conversation, and Movember is the month to do it.

Did you know men die an average six years younger than women and for reasons that are largely preventable? This means those numbers don't have to be that way if men can take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

Movember ambassador, musician and prostate cancer survivor Kirk Pengilly said, "For me, the most important part of Movember's message is to get men to open up and talk about their health and their issues.

"For some reason, men tend not too, so I want to make that my mission, to get that message out there to as many men and women as possible and hopefully help men feel more comfortable with talking openly about their problems." Kirk added.

How can you make a change?

Here are five top things from the Movember team that you should know, and do.

1. Make man time

Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.

2. Have open conversations

You don't need to be an expert and you don't have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.

3. Know the numbers

At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it's right for you to have a PSA test.

If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.

4. Know thy nuts. Simple

Get to know what's normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn't feel right.

5. Move, more

 - Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good.

- Take a walking meeting

- Park further away from the station

- Get off the bus a stop or two earlier

- Instead of the lift, take the stairs

- Cycle to work instead of driving

For more information on the Movember movement and how you can grow a mo and save a bro, move with walking, cycling, running, swimming and rowing, and host a Movember event, go to www.movember.com


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