Movember is the incredible global movement that began in Australia in 2003. During the month of November, many brave individuals – in helping to change the face of men’s health – grow a moustache to show support and bring focus onto issues that are not often talked about within the male sphere, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The movement now has the support of over 5 million people around the world. In honour of Movember, we take a look at the hard facts, the signs and the importance of getting checked.

Movember originally started out as a fun way of raising money for prostate cancer. Since it started 16 years ago, however, it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon and has shifted focus from male cancer onto men’s health in general. This is no surprise, considering the prominent issue of mental health – which affects both men and women.

What is perhaps more shocking is that, across the world, men die an average six years younger than women for reasons that are largely preventable. This places huge significance on the importance of raising awareness of the different issues affecting men’s health – and in highlighting the ways we can all take action to help combat them.

Know the facts

In the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. According to the charity Movember, there are over 333,500 men living with and beyond the disease across the country. Sadly, 1 in 6 UK males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate (a walnut-sized gland that sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra) start to grow in an uncontrolled way. While it is one of the most common types of cancer in men, prostate cancer is also highly treatable when caught in the early stages. It is, therefore, incredibly important to know your risk factors and how to spot the symptoms early on.

Testicular cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer that causes a usually painless swelling or lump in one of the two testicles. It is, however, the most common type of cancer affecting men between the ages of 15 and 49. Around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK every year.

… the same goes for your mental health

When it comes to mental health, it is just as important to know how to spot the signs and when to take action. Yet, mental health is something that many men choose not to talk about.

Around the world, however, the rate of male suicide is distressingly high: 6 out of 10 suicides are men. In the UK, 75% of suicides are men – it remains the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

They key in helping to combat this is to make it more comfortable for men to discuss their problems and encouraging conversations on mental health from a young age – especially as statistics show 75% of mental illness (excluding dementia) starts before the age of 18.

Learn to spot the signs

Learning how to spot the signs of cancer early on can help save lives. Learning about developing symptoms and warning signs can also do the same for your mental health.

While urinary problems can be an indication of prostate cancer, for example, we don’t often pair mental health issues with physical pain, but mental health can manifest itself in different ways. Fatigue, for example, is a common physical symptom of depression, causing concentration problems, apathy and irritability.

Other symptoms can include dramatic sleep and appetite changes, nervousness and feelings of disconnect from yourself and your surroundings.

While symptoms may not always be a sign of a severe condition, whether mental or physical, health exams and tests can help to find problems early on, helping you to live a longer and healthier life.

According to Cancer Research UK, for example, survival depends largely on early intervention when it comes to prostate cancer and testicular cancer (one of the most treatable types of cancer) – rising to above 98% when caught early.

Know your risk factors

Of course, the symptoms of diseases such as prostate cancer are not usually obvious, which is why it is also important to know understand your risk factors.

Prostate cancer, for example, mainly affects men over the age of 50, but you can still get it at any age. The most common age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. Additionally, the risk is higher for black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer.

You are also two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if your father or brother has had it – and your risk can also increase if your mother or sister has had breast cancer.
Arranging to see a doctor who can review your risk factors is a simple step you can take to help quell any concerns and anxieties you may have about your health and to understand any treatment paths available to you.

The importance of reaching out

Movember has proven highly popular because it is a fun way to help raise awareness of serious issues that are not always given the attention they need. It helps to shed light on the importance of taking action; of breaking the stigma that still remains behind mental health; and the importance of talking, listening and supporting others.

While we don’t often associate mental health with physical symptoms, the symptoms of diseases such as prostate cancer are also not always obvious. The important thing is to know what signs to look out – and more importantly, when to reach out for help, whether from a friend, family member or a doctor.

Our special ‘Movember’ offer

At Doctorcall, we offer private GP consultations and peace of mind health screenings at our private clinics on Harley Street in London and in Manchester.

During the month of November, we’ll be offering a special 20% reduction on the price of any Well-Man Screen – our general health screening ‘MOT’ – for any appointments that are booked online with us. Simply use the code ‘movember’ at checkout to take advantage of our special offer.

If you would prefer to be seen in the comfort of your own surroundings, you can arrange for one of our doctors to come and see you instead – at a time and place that suits you. Our visiting doctor service is available 24/7 throughout London and can provide the comfort and discretion you need to discuss any health worries that you might have or any difficulties you’re experiencing.

There are often no symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer, and screening can help catch the cancer early on, when treatment is most effective.

If you are experiencing any problems or anxieties about your health, don’t let it pass under the radar. Whether mental or physical, the key to a happy, healthy life lies in early intervention and support.


If you work in the entertainment industry, you will no doubt feel the pressure to feel your best, at all times – whether you are on braving the red carpet or on the silver screen, performing in front of a live audience or behind the camera. However, there are still a variety of ailments that can get in the way of your work. At Doctorcall, we provide round-the-clock private GP services in London suitable to the fast-paced world of entertainment – making sure you are always ready to break a leg (not literally).

24-hour service

When you’re balancing a busy work life, arranging to see your doctor can sometimes not feel like a priority, or you may find that you simply don’t have the time to travel or arrange an appointment around your schedule. This is why we offer a 24-hour visiting doctor service – whether you wish to be seen at your home, hotel or office, our experienced doctors will arrange to come to you at a time most suitable for you.

Our service is specifically designed so you can get a doctor when you want, where you want, in the comfort of your own surroundings.

Quick and discreet

If you’re an actor, musician, model or any other performing artist, you are usually working to tight schedules. If you fall ill on set or in the studio, you will want treatment that is quick and discreet.
At Doctorcall, we provide same-day visits – you don’t even need to be registered or to have used us before. We always aim to have a doctor with you within 90 minutes.

Looking for the best?

Our visiting service was the first of its kind to be established in London – we operate the largest, longest-established, and best-known private GP visiting service in the UK, so you can rest assured you will always be in the best hands.

How to book

Our 24-hour visiting doctor service is available in London, 7 days a week. Book online for a £10 discount, or call us on 0344 257 0345.

For further information, feel free to contact us or view our Visiting Doctor FAQ’s.


We are pleased to announce we will be attending this year’s IAG Forum (23-25 October 2019) in Rome; and ITIC Global 2019 (27-31 October 2019), a global gathering of the travel and health insurance community, taking place in Malta.

Founded in 1989 as the UK’s first visiting doctor service, Doctorcall is now the longest-established provider of private home visiting medical services for international visitors to the UK. Working directly with offices in countries all over the world, Doctorcall is proud to be the preferred medical services provider for many of the world’s leading international assistance companies – including the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, and China.

This year, Doctorcall is proud to announce its participation at two leading international events designed to bring industry experts and professionals together, offering delegates a platform to engage and connect from across the globe.

Hosted by the International Assistance Group (IAG), the 33rd IAG Forum will bring together the IAG’s accredited service providers and partners across five different continents – to explore the exciting developments inside the world of medical, travel and roadside assistance.

A key part of the three-day event is the IAG Awards, celebrating key achievements in Quality, Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Marketing Excellence. Taking place on day two, the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony, where Doctorcall will this year be part of the audience eagerly awaiting the results, as its latest project – a virtual call centre for doctors – battles other high-calibre submissions for the top spot of the 2019 IAG Innovation Award. Doctorcall’s innovative system, described as the first fully-functioning virtual call centre for doctors, has been designed to replace call handlers and take human error and delay out of the equation. It has now successfully handled over 10,000 cases.

Doctorcall will also be joining other businesses and industry experts in October at the 27th annual ITIC Global, a conference and global gathering for the travel and health insurance industry. With over 900 attendees, the event provides industry professionals with a chance to network, discuss shared challenges and develop partnerships on an international scale.

Dr Charles Levinson, founder of Doctorcall, said:

We are delighted to be participating in this year’s IAG Forum and ITIC Global, designed to bring people and industry professionals from across all corners of the globe together – giving them a unified platform to build relationships and share knowledge from across the world. Within the current political climate, they provide a great opportunity to establish those important global connections.

Doctorcall is the longest and leading provider of private home visiting medical services for international visitors to the UK – seeing 10,000 patients a year, 40% of which are foreign nationals. Their visiting doctor service can provide private home visits twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the London region.

Serving assistance companies from around the world, each with differing cultural needs, Doctorcall are proud to be accredited as UK service provider to the IAG.

By Nick Syrett, Senior Physiotherapist, Doctorcall, St Ann's Square, Manchester

The running revolution continues to gain pace in the UK with more and more people taking up local parkrun challenges. Adult (5km) and Junior (2km) parkruns are being added to the already extensive list throughout the UK and Europe. It’s great to see and a great social model to be a part of. But how many of us have actually read or received any advice on how to actually run? Unless you’ve run at a decent level as a kid, not many.

Running is often a painful learning curve and a journey of discovery as you get things a little wrong along the way. The potential pit falls of going too far/fast too soon, making poor footwear choices, poor nutrition/ hydration decisions and insufficient body conditioning makes for a daunting journey and people tend to learn the hard way when they get it wrong.

Run technique is huge part of running yet is often neglected by the majority. Whilst there are many unique styles that work for many people, there are also many efficiencies that can be gained by tweaking one’s run technique.

Nick at City Physio brings together a physical assessment of how your body moves/doesn’t move as well as it could along with an analysis of your running technique. The aim is to come up with some strategies to help you gain a more efficient running style. This will not only reduce the chance of future injuries but can also enable you to run further and faster (should you wish!).

Nick has been running at a social and local club level for 20 years (more keenly in the past 10) and working within sport as a physio for 20 years. It made sense to combine his job and hobby to enhance that feel good feeling. Since attending the Movement and Running School in 2017, he has been working with local club runners in Manchester City Centre to enhance and optimise their own run technique.

As people start to think about their marathon training plans that will kick off shortly in preparation for spring marathon season, being the best, you can be at the start of your journey is a nicer place to begin.

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If you work in an office, chances are you spend most of your day sitting down, which can have serious consequences on your health. If the idea of Pilates, HIIT classes or the treadmill scares you, however, there are plenty of things you could implement in your daily routine to help you keep fit. In honour of National Fitness Day, a nationwide celebration that highlights the importance of physical activity in helping us to lead healthier, happier lifestyles, here are a few helpful tips from Doctorcall to help you kickstart your way to a new era of health and fitness.

As summer ends, soon the new year will be ushered in, along with the plethora of gym-related resolutions that will be taken up only to be dropped again the following month like a humble squat. You do not need to wait until the new year however, to get moving on your fitness goals. Physical activity is always more enjoyable when there are more people involved, so if you’re stuck in second gear (or fancy some friendly competition), get your friends and colleagues involved and try out our 6 tips to keep fit at work.

The one where you go on a break

Take a break from the screen and stretch your legs. It’s easy to spend the day tied to your desk – in fact a new survey found that most people (81%) spend between four and nine hours a day sitting at their desk. Taking a break, however, not only boosts productivity and creativity, but also helps to reduce stress and exhaustion. Constant sitting, on the other hand, leads to a sedentary lifestyle, putting you at higher risk of heart disease, depression, obesity and diabetes. Just a 5 minute walk every hour is beneficial to physical health. So take a break, grab some frozen yoghurt or something.

The one where you go out

Studies show that more than a third of British employees choose to have lunch at their desk – more than 1 in three British employees work through their lunch every single day. Employees often feel chained to their desk due to high workloads and demands, but (even when the rain starts to pour) making the time to get some fresh air can help you to combat the afternoon slumps, with research showing that it’s not only physically beneficial but also helps you to feel more enthusiastic and relaxed.

The one where you … Pivot!

Instead of using the lift, try taking the stairs instead, even if it’s just one floor. If your busy schedule is preventing you from taking the necessary steps you need to get fit, even the smallest of changes can help make a difference. Exchange your shortcuts for one that is not cut in half.

The one where you run

Try incorporating exercise into your commute, whether it’s running or cycling, or even if it’s just switching part of your journey to physical activity. If you drive to work or take public transport, try getting off one stop earlier, or parking slightly further away and walking the rest of the way. Be so far from the line that the line is a dot to you.

The one without all the cheesecake

The office can prove a dangerous place for the waistline, amidst the birthday cakes, the biscuit tins and Christmas. So ask yourself, what are they feeding you? and stock up your drawer with healthy snacks instead such as nuts, protein bars and dried fruit – or switch to fruits, to help curb the afternoon hunger pangs.

The one with the Routine

Finally, staying fit is about commitment. We spend the majority of our waking hours in the office, so just making some small changes to your daily routine can help make a big difference to your health.
Create a routine and stick to it, and most importantly, make sure that you enjoy it – whether it’s chatting to friends while you’re out walking at lunch, or walking to your favourite coffeeshop.
Evidence from ukactive shows that the average adult spends eight times longer watching on-demand TV than exercising. Being active does not only help support our physical health but also improves our mental health.

The last one

If you are experiencing any pain or injury or other health conditions preventing you from physical activity, get in touch to find out about our range of Physiotherapy services, available through our clinics in Manchester.

National Fitness Day takes place on Wednesday 25th September – all across the country, employees are being encouraged to trial a new fitness regime. Follow #FITNESSDAY for all updates.