Welcome to Movember

It’s November 1st, which means my face is freshly shaved, and over the next 30 days one of the sleaziest, yet at the same time incredibly awesome forms of facial hair shall take hold – all for a good cause.

Readers of this blog know that the author encourages you to be aware of and support causes fighting all kinds of cancers. However, this month marks an increased awareness of one particular type. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in our country.* It is estimated that one in six males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.**

Thus, you are encouraged to participate or support Movember. This  awareness event originally began in Australia, and promotes knowledge, screening, and fundraising for prostate cancer. The challenge is to grow a moustache for the entire month, beginning clean shaven on November 1st. It is not a competition, but a campaign. The Movember website has lots of content and info about prostate cancer, and moustache growing (photos, videos, articles) – after all, “every man deserves a little bit of luxury.”

Most people already make careful choices about cancer charities you support, and as you may know, it is the Terry Fox Foundation which I often prioritize. I am not here to sway these sentiments. While important to research, the money is not the primary purpose of growing my moustache this month. The main objective is to increase awareness of a type of cancer that is defeated 95% of the time if caught early. As you may have heard, males, as a generalization, are not the best at pursuing personal health issues with a doctor, especially when this particular region of the anatomy is concerned. When stubbornness is the reason – that’s simply not good enough. If you are male you need to be aware. If you are a wife, girlfriend, partner, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, or friend you can be supportive of this awareness.

If you would like to donate to prostate cancer, it is much appreciated (and by not just my upper lip). You can visit my Movember page to donate: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/472979, or Prostate Canada.  As you are out and about this Movember, be sure to try and spot others sporting the ‘stache, give ‘em props, and don’t be afraid to talk it up – being aware is the biggest step.

*-Canadian Cancer Society Statistics – 2010.
**-Prostate Cancer Canada website: http://www.prostatecancer.ca/Prostate-Cancer.aspx
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