From the Movember Canada website:
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for prostate cancer. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
Prostate cancer is frightening common in Canadian men, but fortunately it is also very treatable. If caught early. The Movember campaign focuses on two goals: raising money for research, and raising awareness of prostate cancer and the need for men to be screened regularly for it.
Part of planning for your future is preparing for situations which are uncomfortable to consider right now. Death, sickness, injury, family responsibilities, financial trouble… ignoring the possibilities and just hoping they won’t happen is never the right choice. We save money so we can retire with some degree of comfort and dignity. We visit our doctors to make sure everything is OK and hopefully catch anything that isn’t before it gets too bad to do something about. We have health care coverage and life and critical illness and disability insurance so we won’t have to sacrifice our financial future (or our family’s) if something does go wrong.
So make sure you smile at every ugly, half-formed mustache you see in November, and make sure you think about yourself or an important man in your life. Get checked out, and think about your plans if something does happen. It may not be comfortable to think about right now, but I promise you, you’ll be glad you did. Call us if you want to talk.
Prostate Cancer Facts
Prostate Cancer is:
- The most common cancer among Canadian men – it will afflict 1 in 6 men and is a greater threat for those with a family history of the disease
- Turning up in men in their 40s
- Going to be diagnosed in about 24,600 men this year, not including cases that go undiagnosed due to men’s unwillingness to go for annual check-ups
- Develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors (more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease)
- New, preliminary research suggests pharmaceuticals may help prevent prostate cancer in men at high risk of the disease
- Often without symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – making annual testing ever more important
- Treated by surgery, radiation and hormone therapy (among other treatments)
- Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed