Cancer Charity Macmillan is concerned that many men are still not taking their health seriously and keeping health concerns to themselves.
From Love Island’s Chris and Kem to Big Brother’s Sam and Jordan, this summer has been jam packed with bromances, sharing heart to hearts and revealing all to their new-found bestie. But according to new stats from Macmillan Cancer Support and partner Greene King, despite a trend for opening up, 18% of guys are still opting to keep health worries to themselves.
The new findings from the charity revealed that, when asked, more than a sixth of men admitted that they wouldn’t discuss health issues with their friends at all. However, it’s not all bad news, as the research also shows that almost a quarter of men (23%) would be comfortable talking about health issues with friends down the pub – choosing the face to face approach over Whatsapp (5%).
And it’s not just men who prefer speaking up face to face. The survey of over 2,000 Brits by ICM also revealed that more than half of people in the UK (59%) agree that they find it easier to open up to friends and family over a drink or meal.
These new findings demonstrate the importance of sparking these conversations – which is why the charity is encouraging men to seek information and support at macmillan.org.uk either for themselves or in order to provide support to loved ones.
Original ‘pub landlord’ Al Murray says: ‘In my experience, talking about issues such as health can help remove worry and lead to action – which is why I’m encouraging men to get together and share their concerns.’
Since partnering with Macmillan in 2012, pub retailer and brewer Greene King has raised £3 million for the charity to help people living with cancer. The company hopes that raising awareness of these new findings will encourage discussions around men’s health and highlight the importance of talking about their wellbeing.
Dr Anthony Cunliffe, Macmillan GP Adviser says: ‘Previous research shows that men are 60% more likely to get cancer and 70% more likely to die from the disease than women which is why it’s vital that men feel comfortable airing their concerns with friends or speaking to their GP. Those looking for support can also head to macmillan.org.uk or call the help line on 0808 808 00 00.’
Having originally set out to raise £1 million over three years, Greene King exceeded that target a year early, and in 2015 signed up for a further three years of partnership. The money raised by the pub chain going forward will fund vital hours of Macmillan professional care, supporting people with cancer across the UK.
You can see Macmillan’s press release in full here.