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November Health Awareness days include Movember, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, National Stress Day, White Ribbon Day, World Diabetes Day and Disability History Month.

Movember Awareness Month. November 1st – 30th, 2021

For 30 days in the month formerly known as November, Mo Bros and Mo Sisters rally to support the cause, get people talking and raise funds for men’s health projects.

Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.

Mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer – they are taking them all on.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.

Unchecked, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged 15-39 years of age. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides.

Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis on a global scale. They fund groundbreaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best and accelerate change.

For more details head to the Movember website, U.K. Movember

Lung Cancer Awareness Month November – Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have launched their #FollowMyLead campaign to coincide with lung cancer awareness month. This year they are focussing on cutting the clichés and finding a better way to talk about lung cancer. See the tools they have prepared to support the campaign and some powerful videos at https://www.roycastle.org/campaigns/follow-my-lead/.

You can sign up to receive a free resource kit of provider and patient resources to support Lung Cancer Awareness Month at https://lcam.org/resources/

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is now in its eighth year and takes place throughout November. 

The campaign aims to encourage people displaying the symptoms of lung cancer to visit their GP. The aim of the campaign is to encourage people displaying the common symptoms of lung cancer, such as a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight-loss, to visit their GP.

Lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer. It is the most common cause of death from cancer for both men and women, claiming almost 35,000 lives a year. Early detection of lung cancer makes it more treatable, so encouraging people to recognise symptoms such as a persistent cough and see their doctor sooner could save lives.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, known to many as ‘PCAM’!

It’s a chance for the pancreatic cancer community to come together to raise vital funds and awareness, remember loved ones who have sadly died of pancreatic cancer and to acknowledge those living with or beyond the disease.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month started in the UK in 2011 and evolved from Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week and other similar projects from the United States of America. PCAM brings together all the pancreatic cancer charities and groups from around the world into one united, dedicated and hardworking international team- to transform the future for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Your support this November could help us to get closer to a breakthrough in early diagnosis and put a much needed spotlight on the disease. It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Join the Take It On Team to help us get closer to a breakthrough in early diagnosis research!

Shine the #Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is an annual campaign in the UK that takes place during November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. For more details and to see how you can get involved head over to the Pancreatic Cancer website.

National Stress Awareness Day takes place this year on 6th November, 2021.

We know what it is like to feel stressed and being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse. On Stress Awareness Day we will be highlighting the ways that stress can affect people and what you can do to manage your stress before it becomes a problem.

Millions around the UK experience stress and it is damaging to our health and wellbeing. For example, at some point in the last year, 74% of us have felt so stressed that we have felt unable to cope (Mental Health Foundation).

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

Stress is your body’s reaction to help you deal with pressure or threats. This is sometimes called a “fight or flight” response. Your stress hormone levels usually return to normal once the pressure or threat has passed.

A small amount of stress can be useful. It can motivate you to take action and get tasks completed. It can also make you feel alive and excited. But too much stress can cause negative effects such as a change in your mood, your body and relationship issues.

For more details on Stress Awareness Day head to Rethink Mental Illness website.

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White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November.

On White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women.

Because of thousands of people like you we are able to get the message out that men’s violence against women and girls must end. And that all men can make a difference. #AllMenCan is White Ribbon Day’s leading message this year. It was developed for us in March when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds. It also openeded up so many conversations about men taking action and making a stand. As we move towards the end of the year we want as many men as possible to think carefully and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Please help them reach as many individuals, workplaces, communities and schools as you can. For lots more information and details about White Ribbon Day head to there website.

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World Diabetes Day 14th November 2021. World Diabetes Day is celebrated each year on 14th November. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

It is estimated that more than 415 million adults worldwide have diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million – or one in 10 adults – by 2040.

It is estimated that half of people with diabetes are undiagnosed.

One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present. Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, which is the equivalent of up to 160 million new cases by 2040.

To help get involved and raise awareness of Diabetes take a blue circle selfie of yourself to raise awareness of the global symbol for diabetes on World Diabetes Day with the WDD selfie app. Find out more about the app and how to download it here

If you take a selfie don’t forget to share your pictures on social media @DRWFDiabetes, including the hashtags #test2prevent #eyesondiabetes #WDD

Find out more about World Diabetes Day here.

Disability History Month takes place at the end of November 18th to 18th December. It is now in its 12th year. There will be an online launch on the evening of 18th November.

UK Disability Month website writes that this year it will be joint themes in 2021 which are:

  • Disability and Hidden Impairment
  • Disability Sex and Relationships

There aim has always been to:

  • Celebrate our Lives as Disabled People now and in the past
  • Challenge Disabilism by exploring our oppression over time and now
  • Achieve Equality

Currently the Equality Act 2010 defines disability as “if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.”

  • ‘substantial’ is more than minor or trivial,
  • ‘long-term’ means 12 months or more or likely to last 12 months or more
  • a physical or mental impairment impacts on ability to do normal day to day activities and must be judged without the impact of assistive devices, medication or treatment.

Head over to the UK Disability History Month website for lots more details on this awareness campaign.

I will cover this campaign in a separate post.

Source: UK Movember, Lung Cancer Nursing UK, Pancreatic Cancer Org, Rethink Mental Illness, White Ribbon Day, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, UK Disability History Month

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Health Awareness Days/Weeks and for the Month of October this year are very busy with over awareness days taking place.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the 1st October – 31st October – Every October, people all over the world show their support for people affected by breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness website say ” work’s always important, but October is when we get to really shout about it.” For months, the coronavirus put many areas of breast cancer on pause. Now more than ever, they need people, communities and businesses across the UK to help them press play on breast cancer research and care.

From campaigningvolunteering and fundraising, to their life-changing care, support and world-class research – they are going all out to raise money, raise awareness and make sure people affected by breast cancer know we’re here for them. Check out the Breast Cancer Awareness Website for more details.

National Cholesterol Month October 1st – October 31st – Let’s Talk About Cholesterol this October to mark National Cholesterol Month.

HEART UK Chief Executive, Jules Payne says the cholesterol charity wants to have one million people involved in the campaign. Using the powers of social media HEART UK is running an ambitious awareness campaign to make people more aware of cholesterol and how to it can be best managed.

HEART UK say ” We all need some cholesterol in our bodies just to keep us ticking over, but having too much can clog up your arteries and lead to health problems in the future. By getting a simple cholesterol test and making positive lifestyle changes, most people can keep their cholesterol levels healthy. So, this National Cholesterol Month ‘Let’s Talk About Cholesterol‘.

The Great Cholesterol Challenge – If you are looking for a challenge this October, why not take on our “Great Cholesterol Challenge”*. Being active is a major part of looking after your cholesterol levels, keeping your heart healthy and helping to prevent heart disease. Walk, cycle, run or swim 100 miles in October and get sponsored to help raise vital funds for HEART UK. Find out more on the Heart UK website.

Lupus Awareness Month October 1st – October 31st – Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in the UK every year. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the disease amongst the public and medical profession as well as improving the understanding of the impact that lupus can have.

By making people more aware of lupus you can help control its impact. They need your help to raise awareness of lupus, its symptoms and the effects it can have on people’s lives this Lupus Awareness Month.

You could ‘Adopt a Hospital’ for Lupus Awareness Month and beyond by ordering the Display Stand and Bookmarks for display in your local hospital, rheumatology/lupus clinic. They would encourage you to keep in touch with these locations and ensure that the stand is always on display and there is a sufficient supply of leaflets. Please also try to get some of these boards located in your local shops, libraries, bookstores and any other location. Each board comes with a supply of bookmarks so just stand it up and insert the bookmarks – it just might be a good idea to ask first. To order your supplies, print and return the order form HERE or CONTACT US.

Or, you could try the 31-Mile Virtual Challenge – Take part in this fun new virtual challenge and help raise awareness during Lupus Awareness Month! The event takes place in October, and anyone can take part! Walk, run, wheelchair or cycle a total of 31 miles throughout the month by completing 1-mile a day or by taking on three 10.3-mile challenges! T-shirts are available for FREE for all sponsored participants who will raise in excess of £31. Sign up HERE

There are lots of ways that you can join the fight against lupus this Lupus Awareness Month just pop down to the Lupus Awareness Month website for more details.

BackCare Awareness Week is 4th October – 8th October – BackCare say that “with the global pandemic in mind, the past two years have been extremely difficult for all, and as a result BackCare Awareness Week 2021 (4th to 8th October) will be paying particular attention to:

  • Working from Home
  • Studying at Home
  • Spending more time at Home

They say they have not forgotten those who are still working from offices, factories, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals too. BackCare Awareness Week 2021 has something for everyone.

BackCare will be making available booklets, information sheets, videos and posters to inform and remind you how to support our backs, the very structure that in turn supports us day in, day out. These materials will be available to download / view here in the week leading up to BackCare Awareness Week. For all media enquiries please email: media@backcare.org.uk or phone Denice Logan Rose on 07751 667645

National Bone and Joint Week takes place on the 12th October – 20th October – The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance explain about National Bone and Joint Week – “Every October, Bone and Joint Week helps get people thinking about one of the most widespread and pressing health issues of our times – musculoskeletal health. Now more than ever, good musculoskeletal health helps our wellbeing get back on track. As we rebuild our activity and how we work, eat and feel, having the best musculoskeletal health helps us live better. After more than a year of uncertainly, stress, inactivity, gym and swimming pool closures, weight gain and changed routines, many struggle with their physical and mental health.”

Supporting good musculoskeletal health facilitates better health and wellbeing for individuals, life goals, work, helps communities thrive, advances equality, can help painful conditions, reduces disability, helping people move more and keep well mentally.

Everyone can get involved in Bone and Joint Week, especially if you look after a community. It’s a social media-led campaign using #BoneJointWeek, so getting involved is easy, with daily infographics that can be retweeted, blogs and vlogs to share. Find out more from The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance website here.

World Mental Health Day is October 10th – Mental Health UK is partnering with ITN Productions Industry News to produce a news-style programme raising the profile of mental health in the UK, from those severely affected by mental illness, to people whose mental health has worsened during the current coronavirus crisis. They said “we’re extremely excited to share that the programme will be airing on 10 October 2021 to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2021. We can’t wait for you to see the film. In the meantime, you can watch an exclusive trailer of ‘Forward Together for Mental Health’ below.”


For more details head over to the Mental Health Website.

World Spine Day – October 16th – Taking place on October 16 each year, World Spine Day highlights the burden of spinal pain and disability around the world. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part, World Spine Day is celebrated on every continent.

World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and well being. Promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions will all feature as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.

World Spine Day say ” An estimated one billion people worldwide suffer with spinal pain. It affects people across the life course and is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet. Effective management and prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.

Populations in under-served parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many parts of the world, helping people to self-manage their conditions is important. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.

Organized by the World Federation of Chiropractic, World Spine Day has over 600 official organizational supporters worldwide. More information about how to get involved is available at www.worldspineday.org  on Twitter and Facebook.

Restart A Heart Day takes place on October 15th – The Resuscitation Council say “It’s time to get hands on for Restart a Heart Day.In light of COVID-19, the steps you should take when performing CPR have changed – but the need to perform CPR has not. 

Out of hospital cardiac arrests are still happening across the UK, and by learning and performing CPR, you could be the difference between life and death for a loved one at home, a colleague at work, or a stranger in the street.

Restart a Heart 2021 will see some in-person events resume in the UK. Digital learning will still play a key role in ensuring that everyone has a chance to learn CPR and that those having a sudden cardiac arrest have their best chance of surviving.  

Whether you’ve learnt CPR before, or this is your first time, this is an opportunity to learn how CPR guidance has changed during COVID-19 and gain the skills and confidence to help if someone collapses and stops breathing normally. First, head to there website to watch this short video that explains the steps you should take if you see someone in cardiac arrest. There are a number of ways you can support Resuscitation Council UK’s crucial work. Whether you set up a regular donation, become a member or support one of our campaigns, you’ll be making a difference to people across the UK. Just head to there website for more details.

World Osteoporosis Day takes part on October 20th – World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), on October 20 each year, marks a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. WOD aims to make osteoporosis and fracture prevention a global health priority by reaching out to health-care professionals, the media, policy makers, patients, and the public at large. “TAKE ACTION FOR BONE HEALTH” as a headline, highlighting the need to be proactive in maintaining bone health throughout life, and preventing osteoporosis and fractures through early risk assessment and treatment if needed.

The campaign will also emphasize the direct link between osteoporosis (the silent, underlying disease) and broken bones, which have a serious, life-changing impact in terms of pain, disability and lost independence.

World Osteoporosis say the key messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2021 are –

  • Osteoporosis is the underlying cause of painful, debilitating and life-threatening broken bones – known as fragility fractures.
  • Osteoporosis is a growing global problem: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.
  • Osteoporosis affects families – family members often bear the burden of care
  • If one of your parents had osteoporosis or hip fracture, this may increase your own risk of developing the disease. Take the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check to identify your risk factors.
  • At risk? Be sure to request a bone health assessment – take early action for prevention!
  • Bone health concerns the entire family – ensure your family maintains a bone healthy lifestyle.
  • Advocate! Sign the IOF Global Patient Charter and join us in calling on healthcare providers to close the massive ‘care gap’ which leaves many patients unprotected against a cycle of disabling fractures.

Breast Cancer Now Wear It Pink Day takes place on October 23rd – On Friday 22 October 2021, they will wear pink. Raise money. And help make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care happen.

If there ever was a time to put on that pink top, proudly drape that pink feather boa around your neck or pull up those pink socks, it’s now.

Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK. Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of amazing people wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.

2021 is the 20th year that they will all be wearing it pink, with over £36 million raised since 2002. Together, we can go even further and raise even more money for the people affected by this disease.

Since March 2020, the doors to hundreds of our community support events have had to close and our researchers were kept out of their labs for 100 days or more.

That’s why we’ve only become more determined to make sure we’re there to support people when they need us. And more determined to make the breakthroughs in research that will continue to drive forward progress.

People affected by breast cancer need us – and they need you too. That’s why we need you to wear pink, raise money, and help make life-changing research and care happen.

To find out how to get involved head to the Wear It Pink website.