Much to Wife's dismay, I've signed up to participate in Movember - a worldwide movement to help raise awareness about men's health and funds for prostate cancer research. Here's the deal: guys these days typically don't talk about health issues, nor do they commonly sport mustaches. Let's face it - in the current United States' culture of fashion / style, they just seem dirty to most people, especially when on the face of a skinny white guy like me. Luckily for the Movember movement, that's the hidden magic. People automatically assume that you lost a bet or something, so they end up asking, "What's with the mustache?" And that's when we have the opportunity to explain about Movember!
Movember started in Australia with just four guys. You start the month off clean-shaven and grow your mustache for the entire month of November. People can create teams on the Movember website, through which they can accept donations. All proceeds go toward funding globally collaborative research into prostate cancer. Why is this so important? Basically, prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women. Here are some little-known facts on prostate cancer, taken from the Movember website:
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime – a new case is diagnosed every 2.1 minutes. A man dies from prostate cancer every 18 minutes.
- In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
- A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- The incidence rates are nearly double for African American men.
- If detected and treated early, prostate cancer has a 95 percent success rate.
- While there are cases of prostate cancer showing up in younger men, it is recommended that men begin an annual screening at age 50 and at age 40 if there is a family history.