Sporting a Moustache for Men’s Cancer
Perhaps you’ve noticed there a lot of guys going around sporting hair on their upper lip. Do not be afraid. Movember – where Mo, short for moustache, and November come together – is steadily gaining popularity as men start out clean-shaven and grow a moustache all month long in order to raise awareness for men’s cancer. Men who support Movember are called Mo Bros. And everyone knows that behind every great man is a great woman, or in this case, a Mo Sista. Together they not only raise awareness but funds for men’s health. The hope is by putting a fun twist on this serious issue, we can “bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health more openly and take action.”1
Originally started in Australia, Movember has become a global movement to change the face of men’s health – particularly prostate and testicular cancer. “In the US, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer.”2 Believe it or not, men are 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer then women are to be diagnosed with breast cancer. But still prostate cancer has relatively low support and awareness in comparison to women’s health causes. It’s time for this to change and Movember is a great start. On the other side, “testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35.”3 The good news is that if it’s found and treated early, it has a cure rate of 95%.
Want to participate in the MOvement? It’s easy. Even if you’re late joining the moustache party. Odds are, you might even know a team that is participating…log on to movember.com to check, or visit here for other ways to donate. And remember, all’s fair in love and moustachery!