If you happen to notice one of your co-workers or someone you know sporting a ‘stache right now….it might have nothing to do with style and everything to do with the time of year. After all…..it’s Movember!
Movember was started in Melbourne, Australia thirteen years ago, by a group of friends who decided to begin sporting “moustaches” — the English spelling of our Americanized word — as a way to bring attention to the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, mental health and other men related diseases.
What started among friends has grown into an international phenomenon. Published reports say Movember has raised more than $700 million dollars and has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects in 21 countries since its inception.
In a news release, the Movember Foundation said the movement is a powerful way to get men talking….or at least thinking about health issues. The release focused on three health issues in particular:
- Prostate Cancer: In the U.S., prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States. Statistics show that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Testicular Cancer: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-34. And, unfortunately, the rate of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has doubled in the last 50 years. About 8,720 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in men each year.
- Mental Health: Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk for suicide among men. More than three times as many men as women die by suicide in the U.S. And on average 87 men each day take their life by suicide.
The Today Show interviewed Mark Hedstrom, head of Movember USA. You can watch the video by clicking here or on the picture below.
Share your thoughts on the Movember movement and how it might be able to change health here in Arizona…..one moustache at a time! Getting people to talk about health issues is a great first step – and every step we take brings us closer to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!