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Posted in Family and Friends | November 2015

I mustache you a question about Movember

Movember

Since 2003, you may have noticed that by the end of the first week or two of November you’re seeing a lot more mustachioed men. So what exactly is this hairy trend all about? It may be a style choice for some, but for thousands of others it’s a purposeful decision to help raise awareness of men’s health issues.

According to the official website, the Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to helping men live longer, happier, healthier lives. Since 2003 the foundation has raised $677 million dollars that funds over 1000 programs focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity.1

Not only does the Movember Foundation raise money, it also raises awareness. This is particularly important given that men are typically far less apt to be proactive about their health. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in 2001, men are 100% less likely to go to the doctor for preventative care than women. And, in fact, women ages 15 – 44 are going to the doctor at a rate of 56% higher than men of the same age.2

Those stats are staggering. Awareness campaigns like Movember are designed to help men think more about their own health, and they’re an important way to get serious discussions started in a way that may be less threatening and embarrassing.

If you’re a man, perhaps the most important thing you can do in November is schedule a visit to your doctor, particularly if you’re long overdue. Then encourage your sons, father, father-in-law, brothers and all your male friends to do the same. There’s strength in numbers, after all!

You can also visit the Movember Foundation to find out how growing a sweet ‘stache can help raise money that will bring vital funding and attention to important men’s health issues.

SOURCES

1 https://ca.movember.com/about/foundation

2 http://source.southuniversity.edu/men-and-health-the-root-of-male-health-issues-43917.aspx

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