No Shave Movember is about more than just a bunch of lazy men, that don’t care about their good looks. It really is meant for a time of health promotion amongst men. No Shave Movember is about raising awareness about Men’s Health and raising money for Cancer Research.
This year I have decided to enter. This is year one, day one for me. I am freshly shaved today and will not be shaving my lip for another month.
In my goal to raise some coin for cancer research I am willing to rock the stache again. To help the challenge if you want to see a return of my stache from days gone by you can donate directly to me. However, if you do not want my stache to return for longer than this month then please leave me a comment and instead donate money to one of my teammates or one of your other friends participating in this great cause.
You can visit my movember space, and donate money at: http://mobro.co/TedMitchell
Some Facts from the Movember website;
Changing the face of men’s health begins with starting a simple conversation
Let’s face it – men are known to be a little more indifferent towards their health, especially when compared to the efforts of women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues in a way you don’t typically see with men. As a result the levels of awareness, understanding, funding and support of male health issues, like prostate cancer, lag significantly behind causes such as breast cancer.
The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in the Canada and around the world are numerous and complex and this is primarily due to a lack of awareness of the health issues men face. This can largely be attributed to the reluctance of men to openly discuss the subject, the old ‘it’ll be alright’ attitude. Men are less likely to schedule doctors’ appointments when they feel ill or to go for an annual physical, thereby denying them the chance of early detection and effective treatment of common diseases.
Studies show that many men don’t get regular health checks for the following reasons:
- Fear it will lead to a hospital visit
- Embarrassed to discuss their health issues
- Find it too hard to see a doctor because they just can’t fit it into their schedule
- Just can’t be bothered making an appointment
Statistics show that, on average, men die at a younger age than women – the average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 77 compared to 82). That said, despite trailing behind the women’s health movement, things are beginning to look brighter, but much more progress needs to be made to close the gap between the state of men and women’s health. Established taboos and barriers relating to men’s health are gradually being broken down.
Movember aims to change the face of men’s health and reverse this way of thinking by putting a twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, we want to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly.
Movember’s primary campaign objective is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men. We want everyone to know that most cancers are highly curable if caught in the early stages – including prostate and testicular cancer. Movember aims to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, as this will ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer. It’s time men face the startling health facts.
- There are 177,800 new cases of cancer and 75,000 cancer deaths expected in Canada in 2011.
- The average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 78 years old compared to 83).
- In 2011 there will be more cases of prostate cancer diagnosed than breast cancer.
- After prostate cancer lung is the most common cancer in Canada.
- 5% more men will develop cancer during their lifetimes in Canada than women.
- Incident rates of cancer are highest in the Maritime provinces and Quebec.
- After cancer the leading cause of death in men is heart disease.
- Approximately 93,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer, and an estimated 39,900 men will die of cancer.
- On average, 11 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer every day.
- Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in young men in Canada between the ages of 15-29.
- Among Canadians of all ages 4 out of every 5 suicides are male.