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Movember : Men’s health awareness month
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Movember : Men’s health awareness month

Movember: Are you In?

Movember has started and that’s good news! The aim of this fun event is to draw attention to testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health, as well as raising money for research into these conditions.

Participating is simple: just grow yourself a moustache all month long. Those involved can enjoy a great feeling of camaraderie and it’s a good opportunity to raise awareness of this important charity. Why not raise money by being sponsored by family, friends and neighbours? It’s a brilliant way of supporting the Movember Foundation, helping them raise awareness of a range of men’s health issues.

When moustaches and November come together, then it can only mean one thing: Movember. The portmanteau term has really taken off in the UK and elsewhere around the world as a means of fundraising for organisations surrounding the treatment of cancer and carers affected by it. Since 2004, the Movember Foundation has run its annual campaign in in Australia and New Zealand. After their success in the antipodes, the foundation expanded the programme to the UK.

What is the purpose of this cause?  

The term Movember is a blending of Mo (Australian slang for moustache) and November. The M Foundation aims to better educate men about these cancers and mental health, because the more people know about these diseases, the greater the chance of survival.

For example, Testicular cancer is often curable when it is detected at an early stage, and in many cases, prostate cancer can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. By making men more aware of this, the mortality rate may drop.

Did you know?

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under the age of 45? Prostate cancer occurs more often in older men.Worldwide, 510,000 men die from suicide each year – this equates to one man per minute. This figure may be even higher as these diseases generally receive little attention in the media, and mental health problems are frequently underestimated.

Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer

Over 100,000 people get cancer every year. In 2014, more than 770 men were diagnosed with Testicular cancer and more than 9,900 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. On the website, you can find more information about these diseases, such as an overview of the symptoms, common risk factors and possible treatments.

The Movember Foundation funds go towards research into prostate and testicular cancers so the donations raised from this project will be money well spent.

Mental Health problems

It is estimated that 1 in 4 men will experience a mental health problem, often exacerbated as men often prefer not to talk about their problems and opt to keep a stiff upper lip. Unfortunately, this can sometimes have negative consequences. The advice is to keep talking to family, friends or the family doctor. Contact MIND on free helpline (0300 123 3393) for confidential advice and tools for support.

Don’t suffer in silence.

Famous Mo Bros

The Movember project now takes place in more than 20 countries. Famous stars like Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg have taken part in the hairiest month of the year. In the UK, Ben Miller and David Beckham have both sported a ‘taches: supports Movember wants to help make a difference and take action. Will you help us? For each requested doctor consultation arranged by in November,  £0.50 goes to the Movember Foundation. Your donation will help us to continue what Movember started and fund the world-class programmes that are saving and improving the lives of men. Your donations will go towards supporting research. In order to create better prostate and testicular cancer research. Your support is worth a donation!

Do you dare to join Movember this year?

Make sure you follow the rules. Sign up to the Movember website.

1.You must start with a clean-shaven face on November 1st.

2.From that moment, you must grow, groom and trim a moustache. Not a beard or sideburns – they do not belong on the face of a mo bro!

3.Use your moustache to create conversations about men’s health and raise awareness for men as often as possible.

Don’t want to go it alone?

You can also participate in Movember with multiple people! Talk to your friends, colleagues or sports club, and create your own team.
The last rule of Movember: always conduct yourself like a true gentleman. One with a moustache!

The Movember Foundation aims to see more effective treatments coming about due to earlier and more accurate diagnoses. Ultimately the entire effectiveness of the programme is measured by the number of preventable deaths that are diminished simply because of greater awareness being generated by such as public campaign. As such, encouraging annual check-ups, particularly where men are aware of family history of cancer is a key part of the team’s strategy.

Overall, it focusses on adopting a healthier lifestyle for the body as well as a healthier ‘talk about it’ attitude to cancer itself.