Movember - grow that 'tash to raise awareness of Prostate cancer

24 Feb 2013 | Sally Squirrell

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 'One man went to mow, went to mow his meadow'... and ended up mowing his moustache instead…. yes, it’s Movember.


You may be wondering why there are more strange moustaches around than usual. Whilst the Netherlands is not even in the top 10 of moustache wearers, there is no reason why we cannot unite with the No. 1 moustache wearers of the world, India (where apparently 80% of men have moustaches) and grow out that facial hair in support of the charitable movement; Movember.

Health Men Movember

 Photo: Movember campaign


Occurring once a year, Movember is a month long growing season dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

The movement aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, whilst ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Originally started in Melbourne in 2003, Movember has spread its hairy whiskers as a movement all over the world and now raises funds for research through sponsoring of a ‘Mo Bro’ to brave a month long of hard teasing for a good cause. ‘Mo Sistas’ can also help by supporting their man, friend, colleague, family member in his endeavour and cheer lead his facial hair to grow as long as possible to help him reach his charitable target.  Shaving begins at the end of November so it's not too late to start growing and sponsoring. You can donate through your 'Mo Bro' or through a general donation on the Movember website, the address is listed at the end of the article.

In 2011, over 854,000 ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sistas’ around the world got on board, raising approximately 99.3 million euros. (Figures from Movember UK)


The facts - Prostate cancer – what is it?  

It is a cancer that affects the prostate which is a gland in the male reproductive system. Doctors advise on men to have yearly check ups and maintain a healthy life style.


Key Health Messages

(Figures from Movember UK)

  • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer (in the UK) - one man is diagnosed every 15 minutes.
  • A man will die from prostate cancer every hour - more than 10,000 men will die of the disease this year in the UK.
  • African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
  • You are 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer if your father or brother has had it.
  • 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009.
  • 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years.


In many countries, a moustache is a sign of virility and masculinity. To all the guys out there, prostate cancer could be the disease that robs you of those qualities.

Don’t be too proud or masculine to go to the doctor, get a check up; it could save your life.


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