NHS Borders raise awareness

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NHS Borders will be raising awareness of cancer in men and the benefits of being physically active for their staff through their Workplace Health and Wellbeing programme this month.

The board has been participating in two nationwide campaigns; Blue September, an international initiative to raise awareness of all the cancers which affect men, and Workout at Work Day, an initiative, which has been organised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) to mark World Physical Therapy Day.

The Blue September campaign aims to raise men’s awareness of cancer and help them to reduce the risk of developing and dying from cancer by making better lifestyle choices and seeking help sooner rather than later. According to the Men’s Health Forum, men in the UK are 40 per cent more likely to die from any cancer than women and at least one in three cancer cases is preventable. Thousands of men’s lives could be saved by making healthy lifestyle decisions such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, taking more care in the sun, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet. More lives can also be saved if more men know about the symptoms of cancer and contact a health professional as soon as they notice something worrying such as a lump or a nagging cough.

To emphasise the link between cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles, NHS Borders also participated in the national Workout at Work Day last week which aimed to encourage staff to be more physically active during the working day. The initiative urged workers to do more exercise and lead healthier lives, and to highlight to employers the benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce. Taking more exercise not only helps to prevent cancer and recover from cancer treatment, it also provides many more benefits to the workplace including improved concentration and reduced sickness absence.