IT'S nearly Moustache season again, how quick it comes around!
November 1 marks the beginning of Mo' season where new moustaches over the world start springing up in support for men's health.
Now in its ninth year, this global health campaign runs for the whole month of November each year to raise vital funds and awareness of men's health issues.
The idea behind the campaign is that as you grow a mo', you spread the world by talking about your mo, and that it's ok to talk about men's health issues, at the same time you raise funds through sponsorship for your mo' growing efforts.
In 2011, 854,288 mo' bros and mo' sistas raised a $124 million AUD a whopping $52 million more than 2010.
It is recognised globally that two of the biggest men' health issues are prostate cancer and mental health, which is why in Australia, all funds we raise are split between the Prostate Foundation of Australia, Beyond Blue: the national depression initiative, and the Movember Foundation, of course.
When you look at the stats it is easy to understand why beyondblue want to be involved.
The facts on mens' mental health:
- One in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime;
- One in five men will experience an anxiety disorder;
- Untreated depression is a major risk factor for suicide;
- Currently, males contribute to 80% of all suicide deaths in Australia. This is four out of every five are male (ABS, 2012)
The facts on prostate cancer:
- Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in Australian men and the second most common cancer to cause death in men;
- Every year, about 20,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Australian men;
- Every day, 32 Australian men will receive the tragic news that they have been diagnosed with prostate cancer;
- Every three minutes, one Australian male will lose his battle against prostate cancer.
Did you know the same number of men die from prostate cancer as women dying from breast cancer?
Men have a lack of awareness about the very real health issue they face.
They have an attitude that they "they'll be right, mate!" and are reluctant to see a medical professional about something that's just not right.
The aim of Movember is to change these attitudes, make male health fun by putting the mo' back on the face of fashion and in the process raise some serious funds for men's health issues. So sharpen your blades or book an appointment with your barber, because come Novemeber 1, its time to go baby smooth for the start of Movember.
Don't leave it too late. Get it checked out. Spread the word. Grow your mo' and ask your buddies: "So how's your mo' Bro?"