Saturday, November 03, 2012

Building Awareness for "Movember"

Wear a 'Stache for Movember
I love how Movember has helped build awareness for Prostate Cancer, other cancers and men's mental health.  With early cancer detection, proper diagnosis and treatments, together we can reduce the sheer number of preventable deaths.  A simple blood test can help detect Prostate Cancer, and a painless colonoscopy screens for colorectal cancers.

All these tests are so easy, and yet I lost my grandfather and father-in-law to such cancers.  In both cases the doctors had said that it would have been preventable "if" it had been caught early.

To support Movember, my husband has started to grow his own moustache (see pic above), to start dialogues about men's health issues.  I am really proud of my husband, as he doesn't usually like to draw attention to himself.  But he is stepping up to the plate for this very important issue.

What can I do to help?  Helping is really quite easy.  If you are a man you can learn your own medical history and be screened IMMEDIATELY for illnesses for which you are high-risk.  If you are a woman, you can ensure that your grandfather, father, husband, son, brother, uncle, boyfriend etc are screened for these illnesses.   

What else can I do?  If you are a man, why not grow a "Mo" (moustache) during this month of November to help start dialogues about Movember?

Where can I donate?  You can donate to Prostate Cancer Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, or any other reputable charity that puts its money toward cancer and health research.  

20 comments:

  1. It's a great program for bringing awareness. Thanks for reminding people & letting them know how they can help.

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    1. Cheryl, if my post brings awareness to even one person, than my goal is achieved.

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  2. I love the concept and idea of Movember! My hubby will be participating again this year and it's such a great way to bring awareness to something that often gets overlooked :)

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    1. Brandi, are you going to post a pic of his Mo?

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  3. It's a great idea! My husband is doing it again with Ford Canada's Team Social. And many public figures are helping to raise awareness too .. http://www.mapsgirl.ca/2012/11/chicken-farmers-movember-minister-ritz.html

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    1. Wendy, I am thrilled how Movember has really grown these past few years.

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  4. My husband hasn't participated, but MANY of the men I know do....great post - helping raise awareness yourself!

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  5. Such a great program. We do a lot of stuff at work for this. The crazy mustaches do make me laugh!

    Kerrie
    http://familyfoodtravel.blogspot.ca

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    1. Kerrie, that's great to hear! If you can laugh while building awareness, even the better!

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  6. Love the Movember Movement. :D It would be easier to pull teeth then to get the guys in my family to go see a doctor when they're not six shades of sick, so I'm hoping they're all talking to their buddies when they rib each other about their 'staches. :D

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    1. Aeryn Lynne, my Father-in-Law who died too soon of colorectal cancer has woken up all the men in my family.

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  7. My hubs is participating as well - both because it's a good cause AND because this gives him a good excuse to grow a really, really, ridiculous "Mo". :) Great program for the awareness and fun factors!

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    1. Manager to Mom, agree about Movember also being a fun event! It really helps everyone get into the spirit (the Mo).

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  8. Great post, Jenna! Love Movember too! What a great movement. Love seeing all the guys sporting their MO-luvin' 'staches!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I love all the wacky moustaches too!

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  9. I didn't know the two were correlated. Good to know!

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  10. Movember Movement,Sounds like a wonderful program.

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