Change your face, change the face of men’s health. That’s the idea behind ‘Movember’—pronounced ‘mow-vember’ as opposed to ‘moo-vember.’ Mo is for moustache, and moustaches are the badges worn proudly by men worldwide who participate in Movember.

 

Movember’s goal is to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental health disorders. Individuals and teams who participate in Movember ask family and friends to sponsor the growth of their moustaches, much like they might sponsor a charity run or walk.

 

Why do we need Movember?

Last year, Movember raised £92 million via participation from over 1 million participants. The moneys raised were distributed to research and educational programmes relating to testicular and prostate cancer and men’s mental health. Lack of education and public awareness lead to high rates of men’s cancers and mental illnesses that would otherwise be treatable or preventable.

 

Prostate Cancer

  • One man in the UK dies of prostate cancer every hour
  • More than 250,000 men are living with or after prostate cancer
  • Two out of three adults don’t know what the prostate gland does

 

Testicular Cancer

  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 – 45 years
  • The cure rate for testicular cancer is about 96 per cent when found and treated in the early stages
  • Treatment of testicular cancer almost never alters sexual function and does not alter fertility in most cases

 

Men’s Mental Health

  • Men in the UK (17 per cent) receive much less treatment for mental health concerns than do UK women (29 per cent).  It is believed that men underreport symptoms of serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychosis
  • British men are three times more likely to commit suicide than British women
  • Research shows that male symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are different from women’s symptoms

 

Sudden illnesses and deaths within a family can be devastating. Many people protect themselves and their families by taking out life insurance policies which will cover them financially if they die, though it is naturally within your best interests to first be aware of the signs of illnesses, and to act on them as quickly as possible.

 

Join the Movember movement – it’s for men and women

Men—and women—can join the Movember movement either individually or as part of a team through their workplace, football club, local pub or other community. Sign up at the website, where you can also get info about events in your area, how to get your workplace involved (if it isn’t already), and share ‘stache grooming tips with fellow Mo Bros. You can keep your Movember low-key or compete actively for the title of International Man of Movember. Byron, the beefburger chain restaurant is getting involved and has even named a special burger after the cause – the Mo ‘Shroom.

 

The Movember movement has room for the ladies, too. ‘Mo Sistas,’ as female supporters of the awareness month are known, can register on the Movember wesbite, provide support for the Mo growers in their lives, participate in Mo Events, and participate in any other ways their creativity takes them. Want to sport a fake Mo that grows over the month? Sure, why not?

 

‘Brushes with fame’

The Mo community is waiting with bated breath to learn which celebs will be growing Mos this November to support the cause. Famous celebrity moustache cultivators in the past have included Jude Law, Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom, Leigh Francis, Rhys Ifans, Rufus Hound and Sean Connery.

 

Mo growers are also encouraged to post photographs of themselves and their Mos with any celebrity in a section of the website called ‘Brush with fame.’

 

Destinations for additional information on men’s health concerns

  • Men’s Health section of the Movember website
  • The Information section of Prostate Cancer UK’s website
  • The organisation Orchid has loads of information on testicular cancer, including self-exams
  • The charity Mind has a website section devoted to men’s mental health, as well as exhaustive resources based on different types of mental health concerns

 

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