It's that time again lads! Movember is here, which means you best put your best Mo forward. Ladies, encourage the men in your lives to grow their Mos because not only do some women in the world, such as myself, like them the initiative is for a great cause. Last month the women of The Morning After were all about getting tested for breast cancer as early detection is key; this month we continue as we urge our men to get their prostates checked regularly.
What is Movember?
The aim of the Movember cause is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
How does it work?
According to the official Movember website: "on Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shave face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Sistas are the women who register to support the men in their lives, raising funds by seeking sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health."
Some Men's Health Facts:
1. South African men have a shorter life expectancy than South African women.
2. The rate of cancer diagnoses in men is considerably higher than the rate in women – 1 in 6 for men, compared to 1 in 8 for women.
3. Men are 40% more likely to die of cancer than women.
4. Experts estimate that up to 40% of cancers can be prevented.
5. The most common cancer in South Africa for men is prostate cancer.
6. Smoking is the single biggest cause of cancer in the world, with over 44,000 South Africans dying from tobacco-related diseases each year.
7. Obese men are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and 3 times more likely to develop cancer of the colon.
My dad is one of the most important people in my life, which is why men's health men's issues are important to me. If you have men you care about encourage them to get their prostates checked and have a rocking Movember 2012! Grow those Mos