Movember - and how it is changing men's attitude to health


Ever heard of the term “Movember” and wondered what it represents or means? Movember is an amalgamation of November and Moustache (Mo) and is a term that describes an annual charity moustache growing event which is normally held in the month of November as a way to raise both awareness and fund in relation to prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

At the beginning of November, Men referred to as Mo Bros’ together with the ladies in their lives referred to as Mo Sistas’ are invited to register on the official Movember website.

The male participants begin with a clean shave face and have the rest of November to not only grow but groom their moustaches in an effort to raise funds and create awareness relative to benefiting the health programs for men. 

It is now a worldwide movement and according to statistics by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) where Movember activity is significant, men are more likely to die four years earlier than women.

Moreover, as was observed for instance in South Africa, there is a 40 % more likelihood of a man dying of cancer as opposed to a woman.

Although biologically there is no disadvantage that puts men at more risk to cancer and even early death to women, it is worth noting that women rarely open up about their health issues in a way that men do not.

Through growing a moustache, men are able to inspire other men and generate both education and awareness of male health issues. This awareness has resulted in gradually altering men’s behaviours and mind-sets by removing stigmas and breaking down barriers ultimately inspiring change. 

The goal of Movember is to inspire men to take charge of their health, avert illness through adopting a healthy lifestyle and be in a position to identify symptoms and signs both for them and their counterparts, so that they can seek medical assistance at an earlier stage.

Through this simple moustache initiative, Movember aims to achieve its goal of globally creating a long lasting impact on Men’s health through continually sparking conversation and creating and extending awareness relative to Men’s health each year. 

STEPS ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: 

Getting started: You can register online either as an individual or even as a group, and all the relevant information relative to getting started will be emailed to you.

Moreover, you can hold an individual Mo Party anywhere ranging from your campus , club or office and you will be sent a party pack that will aid you raise both funds and awareness. 

Registering: 

1. Go to the Movember website and click on either Get Involved or Register.

2. Select how you would like to register either as an individual, member of a team or a captain. 

3. Fill in all the personal information required by completing all fields then click on continue’. 

4. (NOTE: Personal information is secured through a privacy policy and cannot be sold to any third party or be used in marketing purposes).

5. On completion of filing information, you will be re-directed to the login area where you can do among other things; donate, invite friends to register, set up Mo Space page and download posters and information. 

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