Men’s health needs more than Movember, says Goldenberg
Hill Times - Heard on the Hill
While Parliamentarians and men across the country are supporting prostate cancer awareness and research during the month long Movember contest to grow the best moustache, a Vancouver doctor says more needs to be done to raise awareness for men’s health.
“Movember is brilliant marketing, ”Dr. Larry Goldenberg told HOH last week while he was in Gatineau, Que., for the first national boys’ and men’s health forum hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from Nov. 22-23.
“It’s catch-up time for men’s health,” said Dr. Rosenberg.
He said the federal government should get involved in helping to start an NGO that would provide an “identity” for men’s health so that Canadian males get more interested in their health. “It’s a messaging issue,” he said. Dr. Goldenberg said that he believes men are becoming more interested in their health.
“It’s not that they’re not interested, it’s the attitude particularly in younger men that they’re invincible,” he said, noting there are all types of social health determinants that affect men’s health. “Male health is complex. It has issues right across the life span from cradle to grave. It’s a huge area that needs to be dealt with in a comprehensive and coherent way. That’s why I’m pushing a little bit for a national NGO, a society for men’s health or something along those lines, that can catalyse cooperation, collaboration and become an identity for men.”
Dr. Goldenberg said he will be meeting with Parliamentarians and hopes that the federal government is responsive on the need for a focused “male lens” when discussing health issues.