Brechin Pirates help BRUCE with their Movember efforts

The presentation of the �100 cheque to the BRUCE team's Movember Appeal by members of the Brechin Pirates Junior Rugby Club.

The presentation of the �100 cheque to the BRUCE team's Movember Appeal by members of the Brechin Pirates Junior Rugby Club.

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BRECHIN Pirates Junior Rugby Club have come to the aid of the veterans of the club to the tune of £100 for the BRUCE’s Movember Appeal.

The Pirates raised the cash at their recent fixture against Carnoustie.

In all there are seven members of the BRUCE team participating in the Movember Appeal, which is a national based charity in which the participants grow moustaches for the 30 days of “Movember”.

Let’s face it; men are known to be more indifferent towards their health, especially when compared to the efforts of women, who pro-actively and publicly address their health issues in a way not traditionally seen with men.

As a result, today the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for support of male health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind causes such as breast cancer. The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in the UK and around the world are numerous and complex and this is primarily due to a lack of awareness of the health issues men face.

This can largely be attributed to the reluctance in men to openly discussing the subject due to long-standing traditions, coupled with an ‘it’ll be alright’ attitude. Men are less likely to schedule doctors’ appointments when they feel ill or for an annual check-up, thereby denying them the chance of early detection and effective treatment of common diseases.

Statistics show that, on average, men die at a younger age than women – the average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 78 compared to 82).

That said, despite trailing the women’s health movement, things are beginning to change, but much more progress needs to be made to close the gap between the state of men and women’s health. Established taboos and barriers relating to men’s health are gradually being broken down. Movember aims to change the face of men’s health and reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue.

Using the moustache as a catalyst, we want to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly. Movember’s primary campaign objective is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men.

Campaigners want everyone to know that most cancers are highly curable if caught in the early stages - including prostate and testicular cancer.

Movember aims to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, as this will ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer.

Anyone wishing to help out the Brechin BRUCE campaign can donate on the sponsorship form at the St. Ninians Square Paper Shop, to any of the Brechin Rugby Club’s coaches or by visiting our Movember sites via http://mobro.co/GaryRobertson and donate to the My Team section. All donations would be very welcome.