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Raising awareness of prostate cancer during Movember
November 14, 2023

In this article, we’ll explore the significance of Movember, examine key statistics about prostate cancer, delve into its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, and discuss the essential care required for this disease.

Movember is a globally recognised annual event. It encourages men to embrace their facial hair while promoting conversations about men’s health. Beyond the moustaches that grace the upper lips of men around the world, the Movember movement holds a vital link to prostate cancer.

Movember and prostate cancer

Movember is more than just a month-long excuse for men to grow moustaches. It’s an international movement dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.

The initiative encourages men to grow moustaches and women to support their cause. By doing so, they promote dialogue, raise funds, and foster a sense of community, all while advocating for early detection and effective treatment of men’s health issues.

Prostate cancer statistics

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK. Statistics painting a clear picture of the disease’s prevalence. According to Cancer Research UK, around 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with this cancer during their lifetime.

In 2018, there were over 47,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the UK. This underlines the pressing need for awareness and proactive measures.


Prostate cancer often develops slowly, and early stages may be asymptomatic. However, as the disease progresses, it can present a range of symptoms, including:

  • Frequent urination: An increased need to urinate, particularly during the night, is a common symptom of prostate cancer.
  • Difficulty starting or stopping urination: Prostate cancer can obstruct the urethra, making it harder to initiate or halt the flow of urine.
  • Weak urine stream: A weak urine stream can be an indicator of prostate issues, including cancer.
  • Blood in urine or semen: Haematuria (blood in urine) or hematospermia (blood in semen) can be alarming symptoms.
  • Pain and discomfort: Men may experience pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, lower back, hips, or thighs.
  • Erectile dysfunction: Prostate cancer can affect sexual function, leading to difficulties with erections.


Prostate cancer diagnosis typically involves a combination of tests. These include a digital rectal examination (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

The DRE assesses the size, shape, and texture of the prostate. An elevated PSA levels may indicate the presence of prostate cancer.

Further confirmation is achieved through a prostate biopsy, which analyses tissue samples for cancerous cells.


Treatment options for prostate cancer depend on factors such as the stage of the cancer, its aggressiveness, and the patient’s overall health.

Common treatments include:

  • Active surveillance: For slow-growing and low-risk tumours, doctors may recommend close monitoring without immediate intervention.
  • Surgery: Surgical removal of the prostate, known as a radical prostatectomy, is a common approach to treat localised prostate cancer.
  • Radiation therapy: This treatment method uses high-energy rays to target and destroy cancer cells.
  • Hormone therapy: Hormone therapy aims to lower the levels of male hormones (androgens) in the body, which can fuel the growth of prostate cancer.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is used for advanced prostate cancer when the disease has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is an emerging treatment that aims to stimulate the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells.

Care for prostate cancer 

Caring for individuals with prostate cancer, whether in the early stages or advanced stages, involves addressing their medical and emotional needs.

Care encompasses the following aspects:

  • Emotional support: A prostate cancer diagnosis can be emotionally distressing. Patients and their families may experience fear, anxiety, and depression. Emotional support and counselling can help them navigate these challenging emotions.
  • Physical care: Managing symptoms and side effects of treatment is crucial. Fatigue, pain, and discomfort are common, and medical professionals should work closely with patients to provide relief and improve their quality of life.
  • Practical support: Prostate cancer treatment can be physically taxing, and patients may require assistance with daily activities. Providing help with tasks like cooking, cleaning, and transportation to medical appointments is vital.
  • Palliative care: Palliative care, often referred to as supportive care, becomes increasingly important in advanced stages of prostate cancer. It focuses on providing emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual support to improve the patient’s overall well-being.

Mumby’s Live-in Care for cancer

Mumby’s, a trusted name in social care and support, provides comprehensive cancer care for individuals facing prostate cancer and those in the advanced stages of the disease. Our tailored approach to care focuses on addressing the unique needs of each patient while delivering compassionate, holistic, and specialised support.

Mumby’s palliative care provides emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual support for patients and their families. This holistic approach seeks to enhance the patient’s overall well-being, comfort, and dignity during the final stages of the illness.

Mumby’s is committed to making sure individuals with prostate cancer receive the best care possible. Our caregivers are trained to be not just healthcare providers. They are also sources of compassion, understanding, and support during one of life’s most challenging journeys.

We stand by our mission to improve the quality of life for patients and their families while upholding their dignity.

Movember’s role in raising prostate cancer awareness

Movember plays a pivotal role in raising awareness of prostate cancer. The aim to make it easier for men to discuss their health concerns and access the care they need.

By sporting moustaches and engaging in dialogues about men’s health, the Movember movement fosters a sense of community. It empowers individuals to seek early detection and treatment for men’s health issues.

Raising awareness of prostate cancer during Movember is a powerful initiative that encourages open discussions about men’s health. The statistics of this illness highlight the urgency of these conversations and the importance of early detection and treatment.

By addressing the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for prostate cancer, and by emphasising the need for comprehensive care, we can work towards better outcomes for those affected by this disease.

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