By: Kate Cottrell
Noticing a new facial hair trend in men lately? It must be Movember – a month when many men join in the challenge of growing a mustache – mo – to raise awareness and funds in support of men’s health. Just 30 guys participated in the first Movember challenge in Australia back in 2003. Since then, more than 4 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas worldwide have helped raise CAD $ 574 million.
Growing a moustache in November is intended not only to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, but also to inspire more open communication about men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Men are known to ignore health problems, be reluctant to talk about them and delay seeking help, as well as to engage in activities that put their health at risk.2
Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian men. In their lifetimes, one in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The only controllable risk factors for prostate cancer are poor diet and lack of exercise. So put down that pizza and go for a walk! Risk factors outside our control include increased age, a family history of prostate cancer, and black African and Afro-Caribbean ethnicity.3
Beyond prevention (a healthy lifestyle), awareness and action – getting screened – are important because prostate cancer typically has no symptoms until it has spread beyond the prostate. When it is more advanced, prostate cancer may cause difficulty with urination or with getting an erection, blood in the urine or semen, and painful ejaculation.3 Find out more, and get inspired about growing a mo this November. Visit http://ca.movember.com/.