Movember – Focusing on social awareness about men’s health

Prevention is the best ally for diseases affecting men's health

November has been established as the month of social awareness about men’s health, with the characteristic name "Movember". The specific movement aims to raise awareness about prostate cancer, the second most common type of cancer among men worldwide, as well as men's mental health.

The word Movember derives from the combination of the words “mustache” and “November”. The "Movember" movement started in 2003 in Australia, by a group of 30 friends – and has now turned into a global movement. Movember has been active in Cyprus since 2012, with the slogan "we change the face of male cancer", and the response from the public has been increasing each year ever since.

Movements like Movember, which aim at raising public awareness and support, have proved to have significant positive effects. Since Movember’s initiation, more than 1,200 men’s health programs have been funded worldwide. By 2030, the movement aims its actions will reduce men’s premature deaths by 25%.

Characteristics of prostate cancer

When we refer to the prostate, we refer to the gland that is located below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. It is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows throughout a man's life. The main function of the prostate is to help in the production of sperm. Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate begin to develop uncontrollably. Most of the times, prostate cancer doesn’t have any early symptoms, until the tumor begins to grow. In cases where the cancer is detected in its early stages, before it metastasizes to other organs, prognosis is excellent. Regular examinations are crucial in the case of prostate cancer because they enable early detection and immediate action. Some of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer are the need for frequent urination, especially at night, difficulty in starting to urinate, poor flow, the feeling that the bladder is not completely empty after urination, and blood in urine or semen. Factors such as age, ethnicity, family history, obesity and diet have been directly linked to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.


High incidence of prostate cancer has been recorded worldwide. Particularly, 1 in 9 men in the general population will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. The incidence risk and mortality rates for prostate cancer are directly related to increasing age. It is estimated that for men under the age of 50, only 1 in 350 men (incidence rate 0.28%) have a risk of developing prostate cancer. However, for older men between the ages of 50-59, the incidence rate increases almost six times, with 1 in 52 men (incidence rate 1.92%) being at risk of developing prostate cancer.

In Cyprus, recent studies show that the rate of cancer incidence is increasing, with prostate cancer being the most prevalent form of cancer among men. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the year 2018, 751 new cases of prostate cancer were recorded in Cyprus, accounting for 28.6% of all new cases of cancer on the island.

Genetic Testing

As is the case with cancer and other diseases, prevention is the best cure. Provision of adequate information to the public is necessary for prevention of prostate cancer, so that men are in a position to recognize symptoms or signs relating to prostate cancer, and know when to seek help. Innovative genetic tests which help detect the disease while still in its early stages and in taking informed decisions are allies in the fight against prostate cancer. PreSENTIA is a cutting-edge genetic test that can detect multiple hereditary genetic mutations, which can be passed down from generation to generation, and could develop into cancer in the future. PreSENTIA offers specialized panels for prostate cancer, of which up to 10% is hereditary. If a person has family history of prostate cancer, PreSENTIA can help identify the hereditary mutation responsible for causing cancer.

For people that have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are tests for tumor molecular profiling, such as the genetic test ForeSENTIA. Each tumor has distinct molecular composition and is caused by different mutations in the DNA. ForeSENTIA has a specialized panel for prostate cancer, as well as for the most common types of cancer. When the genetic mutation that caused the cancer development is detected, it allows patients to receive targeted treatment, while increasing the chances of the treatment being effective. Both PreSENTIA and ForeSENTIA genetic tests were developed in Cyprus, and are offered in multiple countries abroad, providing results with 99,9% accuracy.

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Personal data for purposes of this Privacy Policy, is any information by which you can be individually identified, including, but not limited to, your name, profession, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

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This Privacy Policy applies only to the Sites as defined above and which are operated by NIPD Genetics. The NIPD Genetics Privacy Policy seeks to inform the users of its Sites of the following:

NIPD Genetics will not use or share your information with anyone, except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any information we might collect by other digital and offline means and or from other digital and offline sources. The use of information collected through our Sites shall be limited to the purposes under this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use to customers.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Sites and the choices you have associated with that data.

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Type of personal information NIPD Genetics may collect through its Sites

Information Collection And Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Sites and services to you.

Personal Data

While using NIPD Genetics Sites, you may be asked to provide NIPD Genetics certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information that might be used to identify you includes, but is not limited to:

If you send us a query via our Contact us form, your email address, the content and any follow up emails are retained indefinitely.

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Usage Data

We may also collect information how the Sites are accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Sites that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Sites and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Sites.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Sites.

Examples of Cookies we use:

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Your information, including personal data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside Cyprus and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including personal data, to Cyprus and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer. will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your personal data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

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NIPD Genetics complies with the protection of personal data regulation and will not sale or trade your personal data.

NIPD Genetics may disclose your personal data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

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We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate, maintain or operate our Sites ("Service Providers"), to provide the SItes on our behalf, to perform service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Sites is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.


We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Sites.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page

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You have the right to review, update or delete any of your personal data by sending a request at NIPD Genetics Personal Data Officer

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Our Sites may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Children's Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children").

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

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We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

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