This month there is a worldwide focus on men’s health. For those of you that don’t know, it is currently ‘Movember’ – an annual awareness campaign run by the Movember Foundation to raise awareness and funds for some of the biggest health issues faced by men with the overall aim of helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives. Since 2003, men across the globe have pledged to grow their moustache for the 30 days of Movember in order to show their support and raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
The popular and widely publicised Movember campaign also coincides with International Men’s Day – a global, annual awareness campaign celebrated on the 19th November – which aims to make a difference for men and boys across the globe with a key focus on men’s health and well being.
But why the big fuss over men’s health?
Some health problems, including cardiovascular disease, are more common in men than women. But despite these health issues, men often feel embarrassed to get help from their GP. In fact, on average, men go to their GP half as often as women.
British men are paying the price for neglecting their health with more than 100,000 men dying prematurely every year[i]. Men are more likely than women to die prematurely; 42% of men die before age 75 compared to 26% of women[ii]
So what can men do?
Well, apart from putting feelings of embarrassment or stubbornness aside, they should look after themselves with a healthy lifestyle and ensure they visit their GP more often when they aren’t feeling well or notice anything unusual. They could also take a more proactive approach and consider helping improve the health, not only of themselves, but of future generations by taking part in clinical research.
Why take part in clinical research?
Clinical research enables the development of all medical treatments for everyday ailments through to life-threatening conditions. Far from being a scary concept, clinical studies operate in a highly regulated industry. Prior to any clinical trial being undertaken, approval must be sought from the appropriate regulatory authorities and ethical committees. In the UK, this is the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Research Ethics Committee (REC). It’s after the relevant scientific, regulatory and ethical bodies have approved the protocol that clinical studies in the human population can go ahead.
Synexus has been involved in clinical research for over 20 years. Each year, thousands of patients take part in a variety of late stage clinical studies, covering a broad range of therapy areas, at Synexus’ Dedicated Clinical Research Centres across the UK. Each study that Synexus conducts is stringently reviewed and approved by both the UK regulatory authority (MHRA) and an independent ethics committee.
Participating in a Synexus clinical study is a rewarding experience and means patients receive increased medical attention and may benefit from medications that aren’t yet available to other sufferers of their condition.
Mr Anthony Heaton who is currently taking part in a Synexus clinical study for high cholesterol, describes his experience:
“I’ve been on the high cholesterol study with Synexus for two years now. I saw an advert for the study on TV and decided to visit Synexus to find out more due to my family having a history of heart disease. After hearing all about it and being assessed I made the decision to volunteer and take part in the study. Until then, like most of us, I had not given much thought to clinical studies or where our medicines come from. I visit Synexus every three months – the staff are very friendly and extremely professional, they cover my travel costs so there is no expense to me plus, each time I visit I receive a health check, which I wouldn’t receive if I weren’t on the study, which provides great peace of mind. I had high cholesterol when I started the study and don’t any more so it has been worth it. I wouldn’t hesitate to take part in another study if another one of interest to me came up’
Synexus has eight Dedicated Clinical Research Centres across the UK and is currently recruiting patients for a range of studies including high cholesterol, asthma, knee pain and psoriasis.
If you are interested in finding out more about the studies that Synexus is currently running you should visit https://www.synexusclinic.co.uk/our-studies or call your nearest Synexus Clinical Research Centre.
- Lancashire 01772 344620
- Manchester 0161 662 5044
- Merseyside 0151 550 9951
- Midlands 0121 226 9002
- Scotland 0141 270 2587
- Thames Valley 0118 378 9923
- Wales 0292 0949001
- Hexham 01434 719019
There is no obligation to participate and if you do decide to take part, your GP will be kept fully informed of your involvement. Throughout the study, Synexus will monitor participants health carefully using standard medical tests and procedures. Assessment can be stopped at any time if you or your doctor have concerns, or you can leave the study at any time if you simply change your mind. There will be no charge for the study treatment or any study related care. Patients accepted onto the study will receive reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses (Synexus can also help with travel arrangements if required) and will also be compensated for their time.
For more information about Movember visit https://uk.movember.com
For more information about International Men’s Day visit http://www.internationalmensday.com/