Friday, 7 November 2014

About Mustaches

So it's November. Or actually it might be better stated to call it Movember. I am fascinated how renaming a month for a cause has caught on so well. And how so many people do their part to support it. Much like the pink ribbon is known universally as a breast cancer symbol, a mustache in November seems to now be synonymous with raising awareness of and money for, men's health issues. It's actually quite a brilliant idea. While women are quite open about health and body issues, the opposite seems true of most men. Perhaps the best way to open the conversation, was to create something like this....

For those who might not be in the know, and I would imagine the number would be very low, the idea is that men grow a mustache for the month of November and other 'sponsor' them to do it. I've seen young boys sporting 'stick on ones' and have read some interesting suggestions for women to participate...........

According to the website http://ca.movember.com, it is estimated that in 2014 in excess of 23,000 men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer and 4,000 will die of it. Risk increases with age. Younger men are at risk for testicular cancer with approximately 1,000 diagnosis anticipated in 2014.

As with many illnesses, the more awareness we have of our bodies, the earlier we will catch a problem and the better the outcome as a result. It is good to see a growing movement like this, focused on taking the stigma out of talking about a personal health issue. It will hopefully translate into lower mortality rates and early intervention in higher numbers. It's equally encouraging to see the annual  outpouring of support for this cause. The count for registered participants world-wide according to the Movember website noted above is close to 600,000 as of today - total raised is almost $19,000,000!!!

To donate visit http://ca.movember.com/donate

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