Research tells us that some men tend to use alcohol as a long term crutch to get them through tough emotional times, and they are less likely to seek help unless they reach a crisis. This means that by the time someone comes to the attention of NHS or other support services they may already be dealing with complex and entrenched problems.
On Sunday I celebrate five years clean and sober. The malady has taken the shine off it a bit, but then I don't suppose I could have got pissed to celebrate anyway. Instead I'll be doing the Paris 10k, which is far enough from my last chemo session to be manageable.
We can see then that it is not a new masculinity we need, a new idea of what it is to be a man, but an open-mindedness as to the diverse capabilities and attributes of individuals as individuals.
I explained about the long walk down the corridor, about feeling lonely, feeling sad and feeling guilty for my dad and my brother that they were going to have to go through this again after my mum died of cancer in 2006. And feeling dreadfully sorry that I had to give her bad news.
Fathers (and mothers, for that matter) shouldn't see reading to their children as a chore; sharing a book can create wonderful memories and great bonding opportunities. It also gives children the best start in life.
We've become terrified of the word fat, not for what it actually means but for all it implies. To be fat is no longer just about having more fat cells, a purely physical thing. It's also an indication that we're unhealthy, lazy, greedy, burdensome or lacking restraint and discipline.
I know I'm biased (and I'm sure other organisations who work with volunteers will say the same) but I have never worked with a group of people whose commitment to the cause is so absolute... They fundraise, raise awareness, share their knowledge and experience, and talk from the heart. And they save lives. Our volunteers are amazing. Every day of the year.
Although the likes of Patek Phillipe, Nixon and Michael Kors have been presenting rose gold pieces for years, popularity has increased with the dapper gent after the likes of Bartmans Siegel, Burberry, Gieves and Hawkes and Hackett included these statement pieces in their SS14 shows.
I went through a phase in my journey where I was sharing my anxieties with women and men. Generally it was well received, sometimes not. It didn't bother me. But by me becoming aware of my anxieties and not taking them personally or seriously I was able to let them be as there were, and they had less power over me
My university days are officially over, and the past three years have flown by horrendously fast. Apart from receiving a 1st for my dissertation, the second most memorable part of my university experience has to be the dreaded move from my home in Essex to Kent...
I wasn't too bothered about losing a testicle, I didn't feel any less of a man, it was after all trying to kill me, so the quicker it was out the better. Within two weeks it was gone, and there had been no signs of it spreading.
The reason why I believe this is simple; feminism has managed to achieve a lot for women but the last final push to full equity between the sexes requires greater engagement from men and feminism is utterly unequipped to do this.
One of the biggest misconceptions about feminism is how it only benefits women. People's favourite stereotype of a feminist is a lesbian or man-hating woman when really all we want is for everybody to be treated the same way.
At Prostate Cancer UK, we recognised a while ago that sport is a great avenue for bringing men together and talking with them about prostate cancer, not just preaching to them from the side lines.
The interviewer started off with a statement that she really didn't like my beard. I let it hang in the air. Now this is one way to deal with an unwanted opinion. Let it hang there and do not engage in it. If there is no engagement there is nothing the words can bounce off.
In order for us men to move on from behaving badly we need to explore how we become more mature, and by doing so manifest a braver and more authentic masculinity.