Operation “Movember” in the French-speaking Swiss Healthcare Network

For many years the mustache has been seen blooming on the occasion of the movement in the month of November. Under the nose, as badges or as assistants, they have only one purpose: to make men talk about ailments. Launched in Australia in 2003, the Movumber movement is now settling in French-speaking Switzerland. HUG as well as the Neuchatel Hospital Network (RHNE) offer various awareness-raising activities and free by appointment related to cardiovascular diseases and prostate and testicular cancer.

Why are they doing this. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It causes more than a thousand deaths in the country for about 6,100 new diagnoses every year. In the case of testicular cancer, if it is less frequent (less than 500 new cases per year), it also affects young men. Eight out of ten patients are under the age of 50 at the time of diagnosis, compared with the majority over 70 for prostate cancer. In any case, early diagnosis often leads to a better prognosis.

Free Screening. With this in mind, HUG offers free consultations of approximately 30 minutes by appointment every Friday in November from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They will be at HUG’s Department of Urology and will aim to detect heart diseases, cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy and testicular tumours.

RHNe is getting in on the action for the first time by offering a free screening on four mornings

RHNe is also organizing a play and a public conference on the subject on 4th and 18th November.

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