Movember — a unique way of raising funds for prostate cancer research – is just around the corner.
On Nov. 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. According to the web site, for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the ‘annals of fine moustachery’.
The ladies can also help out. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
It’s a fun way to support a very worthy cause, and virtually any man can take part – for some it may be more challenging than others. But it’s worth the effort.
In 2010, nearly 119,000 Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising $22.3 million.
Statistics show that 25,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone in Canada and 4,100 men will die of the disease this year.
One in seven men will be diagnosed with the disease and it’s the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men.
The disease has no symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage.
The good news is that more than 90% of prostate cancer cases are curable if detected and treated in their earliest stages.
Regarding Movember, the movement was launched back in 2003 by some guys in Australia who wanted to bring back the moustache into fashion while raising money for prostate cancer research.
Awareness spread, and by 2004 the campaign proved a world-wide hit.
Another plus from the campaign is that awareness about prostate cancer is building.
Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate, with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland.
It’s about more than prostate cancer as well.
Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health issues in general across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between. Men are often reluctant to seek medical attention, and that’s the attitude organizers are hoping to change.
Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, getting them to act on that knowledge thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
We encourage local men to get onboard and hope to see lots of Red Deer guys sporting mustaches next month.